Hundreds of Alumni Gather for Alumni Shabbat Experience at The Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Over 200 alumni from North American and throughout Israel gathered for the annual Alumni Shabbat Experience at the newly named Taube Family Campus at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem on July 8-9, 2016.

Beginning with a festive Friday Night Live: Jerusalem Edition, including tefillah, song, and dinner, alumni participated in services and the inaugural Rabbi Judith Abrams, z”l, Memorial Lecture, presented by Rabbi David Levine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Talmud and Halacha, followed by chavruta study and a festive Kiddush on Saturday.

"Praying, eating, speaking and learning together, our alumni community proved itself once again to be talented, engaged and diverse,” noted Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. “Our Jerusalem campus has always been a place of encounter. Many of our alumni tell us they met their spouses here, and we are delighted to continue the tradition of bringing friends together. The preaching of Rabbi Rachel Sabbath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and Presidential Scholar, the teaching of David Levine, and the music of Cantor Tamar Havilio were greeted by the enthusiasm of the incoming Year-In-Israel class and the emotion of the Class of '85 paying tribute to those no longer with us.  Everything combined to create a special moment. It was a particular privilege to honor alumni who have done so much to encourage recruitment to our various programs."

The Jerusalem Alumni Shabbat Experience is sponsored by the Class of 1985 Tribute Fund in honor of the enduring value of friendship among colleagues and in memory of their classmates: 

Rabbi Judith Abrams
Cantor Kerry Ben-David
Rabbi Eric Bram
Rabbi Charisse Kranes
Robbyn Sue Panitch, MSW
Rabbi Julie Spitzer
Rabbi Jeffrey Weisblatt

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.