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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Aaron Panken, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives of HUC-JIR, spoke on February 28th at the HUC-JIR Alumni Lunch in Jerusalem, at an event honoring Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback at his home in Los Altos, CA on March 10, at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphis on “The Place of Jerusalem in the Jewish and Muslim Traditions on March 13, in Omaha, NE as the Sidney Brooks lecturer at the Ministers’ Institute on “Messianism and Judaism” on March 20 and then as the Zweiback Memorial Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Israel in Omaha from March 20-22 discussing “Science and Religion: Two Uneasy Partners; Welcoming the Stranger in Jewish Law; and True Lies: Truth, Gossip, and the Jewish-American Way.” Panken will be speaking on April 23, 25, and 26 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New  York as the Scholar-in-Residence.


March 29, Rabbi Hoffman, the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/NY will serve as visiting faculty member for an intrerfaith dialogue group of seminarians on the subject of The Land of Israel in Religious Consciousness. On April 23, he will lecture to the University of Pennsylvania Hillel on "Liturgical Dispute, Ritual Wars, and the Future of Reform Judaism"


On March 22, Adriane Leveen, gave a dvar torah to the National Board of the Women's League of Conservative Judaism. On April 26, she will be participating in an all-day beit midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary open to seminary students from HUC, JTS and other local seminaries on Judaism and the Environment. Leveen will be teaching on biblical texts and the environment. On May 4, Leveen will be speaking on the book of Numbers in the Torah series held at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in NYC. Finally, on May 6, she will be presenting a paper on the prophet Ezekiel to the Columbia University Bible Seminar.


Nancy H. Wiener, Adjunct Full Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at HUC-JIR/NY, will be speaking April 23 at “A Loss Worthy of Grief: Jewish Approaches to Bringing Comfort After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Neonatal Death” on “Mourning, Celebrating, Remembering and Forgetting: Grieving Loss When Another Baby Survives” at UJA-Federation of New York.

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