Glass Ceilings of Pluralism

Monday, March 20, 2017

Please join us for “Glass Ceilings of Pluralism," a conference marking a decade of the Master of Arts in Pluralistic Jewish Education, a joint program with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Hebrew University. The conference will take place on April 25-26, 2017 at the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem and Hebrew University.

The conference seeks to deepen the critical discussion of pluralism in the context of Jewish education in Israel as well as its impact on Israeli society through the work of our graduates. Sessions will be presented by researchers, educators, and practitioners from the fields of education and Jewish education to bring together many voices across the religious and secular spectrum of Israel. Sessions include:

  • Monologues vs. Dialogues: Jews and Arabs Reflect on our Conversation
  • Talking to Ourselves or Delivering a National Message
  • Beyond Liberal Imagination: Is Real Discussion Possible between the Many Tribes of Israel?
  • Religious Moderation and the Price One Must Pay for it in Jewish Education

Speakers include Professor Moshe Tatar, Director of the Fox School of Education at Hebrew University; Moshe Tur-Paz, Head of Jerusalem's Education System; Shai Gal, Israeli Television News; Michal Berman, Executive Director of "Panim"; Dr. Hagit Wolf, The Melton Center;  Dr. Eilon Shwartz, Executive Director of Shacharit; Dr. Yehuda Maimran, Executive Director of "Kiach" (Kol Israel Chaverim); Roni Chazom Weiss, Principal of the Dror School; and Rabbi Yirmi Stavitzsky, Prinicipal of the Himmelfarb School.

HUC-JIR faculty includes Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost; Professor Ruchama Weiss; and Professor Michal Muszkat Barkan.

The evening program on April 26 will include greetings from Professor Menachem Ben-Sasson, President of Hebrew University, Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of the Taube Family Campus of HUC-JIR, Professor Jonathan Cohen, Director of the Melton Centre, and student representative Hamutal Elbaz.

We will celebrate the partnership between HUC-JIR, the Melton Centre, and the School of Education of the Hebrew University as we look forward to another decade of rich partnership, and we will highlight the work of our students and our graduates. 

For more information, contact Professor Michal Muskat Barkan at mmbarkan@huc.edu.

To register, contact Ruth Herr at ruth.herr10@gmail.com.


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. www.huc.edu