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School of Education Alumni Gathering: HUC-ing One Another

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Susan Friedburg Morrel, MARE, RJE, EMA Cohort 2, School of Education Alumni Association Co-Chair

SoE Alumni Gathering on Zoom

Over eighty HUC-JIR School of Education (SOE) alumni gathered on May 15, 2020, for a Zoom gathering sponsored by the SOE Alumni Association. And what an event it was! Alumni from all over the country shared moments of gratitude, inspiration, song and support for the tremendous work over the past few months. The new graduates of EMA Cohort 7, New York MARE Class of 2020, and Rhea Hirsch School of Education MAJE Class of 2020 were celebrated and welcomed into their new status as alumni (Mazel Tov!). Dr. Miriam Heller Stern shared words of appreciation and inspiration, creating a sacred space to hold one another during these challenging few months. In addition, several HUC-JIR faculty and administration joined these moments of reflection and support, offering a beautiful blessing to our alumni which is shared below.

This was an opportunity to step back from the important work being done in the field and honor that work, and one another, individually and collectively. Thank you to everyone for being part of this very special group which continues to hold our hearts and minds– the HUC-JIR School of Education Alumni.

BLESSING FROM OUR FACULTY

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech HaOlam…
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe for inspiring these graduates to dedicate their futures to touching lives, transforming communities, and bringing healing to this fractured world in which we live.

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech HaOlam…
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who allows teachers to teach, learners to learn, teachers to be learners, and learners to become teachers.

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech HaOlam…
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who makes it abundantly clear that because of students like you, and we being your teachers, it is was truly the most noble of careers we could have chosen. We are blessed by you.

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech HaOlam…
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, may the creative energy you have applied to deep learning at HUC-JIR continue to grow and light your path so that you can guide others in finding sacred purpose and meaning in Jewish life and community.

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech HaOlam…
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, may you find the joy that every human being seeks – and a path to authentic service in the world.

Baruch Atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech HaOlam…
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who enables us, your teachers, to nourish you and be nourished by you. May you, in turn, nourish those whom you teach and guide in the years ahead.


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