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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion shares love with the Cincinnati community

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

HUC Cincinnati HeartAt this time of year, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), normally holds its Graduation and Ordination ceremonies for graduates of the Pines School of Graduate Studies and ordinees of the Rabbinical School.  In this year of social distancing, it is the first time in its 145-year history that the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR is unable to hold in-person ceremonies.

To honor to the nine ordinees and four graduates, a member of the campus staff cut a large heart into the front lawn of the campus facing Clifton Avenue, as part of the display as a tribute to the 13 individuals who will go out into the world and the frontline healthcare workers, heroes who have demonstrated love, compassion, and caring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photos of the ordinands and graduates surround the heart, along with a banner, “Honoring Our 2020 Graduates, Ordinees, and Healthcare Workers.” The Cincinnati campus rabbinical school students all have the opportunity as part of their curriculum to work in local hospitals and long-term care facilities as chaplains.

According to Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D., HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Dean, “Lev is the Hebrew word for heart, and the heart has the numerical equivalent of 32 representing 32 paths to wisdom. The heart, the universal symbol of love, has taken on new meaning for our community’s healthcare workers who have shown love for their patients every day, and for our rabbis and scholars, community leaders of the future who will share their love and compassion in their careers.”


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 leaders to serve 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, museums, 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