News Briefs From Jerusalem

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rabbi David Ellenson is Keynote Speaker at CCAR Convention in Jerusalem

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is the keynote speaker at the CCAR Convention’s national Beit Midrash in Jerusalem, attended by 300 Reform rabbis and 300 participants from various pluralistic learning centers from throughout Israel.  The program, held at Binyanei HaUmah, the convention center in Jerusalem, represents a significant opportunity for text study, linking progressive leaders, thinkers, and students in Israel and the Diaspora.

President’s Rabbinical Alumni Council Meets at Jerusalem Campus

Members of Rabbi Ellenson’s President’s Rabbinical Alumni Council met on the Jerusalem campus on February 23-24.  Twenty prominent rabbinical leaders from throughout North America convened to discuss issues relating to HUC-JIR’s academic programs in Israel and the role HUC-JIR is playing in advancing religious pluralism in the Jewish State.  The opening reception and dinner featured a discussion on “Visions for the Future: New Leadership and Changes in Jerusalem” with Dr. Michael Marmur, Dean; Rabbi Naamah Kelman, incoming Dean; and Rabbi Josh Zweiback, incoming Director of the Year-In-Israel Program. The Council attended services, followed by presentations and discussions with Israeli rabbinical students, and sat in on classes with Year-In-Israel students. 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to 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 American Jewish Archives, 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