March 29, 2009 – More than 25 congregations were represented at the first-ever Congregational Outreach Conference sponsored by the Los Angeles Board of Overseers this past weekend. The Conference, nicknamed, “We'd like You to Meet HUC,” provided Rabbis, Cantors, congregational leaders, and professional staff the opportunity to interact with HUC-JIR students, administration and faculty and:
An important seminar was held on “Managing Synagogues during a Fiscal Crisis” and Faculty and Jewish professionals discussed how synagogues are managing during these difficult economic times. Another topic that drew a wide range of interest was, “Is the Reform Movement Becoming More Traditional?” which focused on where the Reform Movement has been and where it is going and the training that takes place at HUC-JIR.
Guests also had the opportunity to learn more about the Yanov Torah which had been recently profiled in the LA Times at http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/07/local/me-torah7. Student Rabbi Joel Simonds presented the scroll and discussed its significance.
Esteemed speakers included:
Members of the Planning Committee included: Rabbi Stephen Einstein, Cong. B'nai Tzedek;
Student Rabbi Jessy Gross; Rabbi Alan Henkin – URJ; Jules Kabat, Stephen S. Wise Temple; Terry Pullan, Temple Isaiah; SJCS alumna Gosia Szymanska; Merle Weiner – URJ, Temple Gan Elohim of Glendale, Az.; and Dr. Steven Windmueller – Dean, HUC-JIR/LA, Temple Israel of Hollywood. The committee was chaired by Paul Lippe, Member, LA Board of Overseers, and Member, Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
For additional information or to request HUC-JIR faculty for scholars-in-residence or for other programming initiatives, please contact Adam M. Greenwald, Assistant Director of Development and Public Affairs, Western Region, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, at (213) 765-2105 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.