(Gregg Alpert, Director of eLearning, with Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, at the Online President's Forum for Alumni)
The HUC-JIR Department of eLearning, The Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Council of Alumni Associations created a new and exciting opportunity for alumni. For the first time Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, was able to spend time teaching and reflecting with alumni across the globe using cutting-edge technology. Linked together through the internet or telephone, more than 200 alumni joined Rabbi Ellenson for an online webinar. Rabbi Ellenson answered questions and reflected on issues raised in “What Does Reform Judaism Stand For?” by Jack Wertheimer, published in Commentary Magazine, June 2008. The webinar software allowed alumni to see Rabbi Ellenson teach from the New York campus in one corner of their screen, follow his poowerpoint presentation in another area, scroll through a names of other alumni signed on to the webinar, and email questions Rabbi Ellenson or t other participants.
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