On Monday, February 2, Rabbi Nancy Wiener, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at HUC-JIR/NY, presented a workshop “Texts of our Disciplines/Texts of our Lives: A New/Old Model for Exploring Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Creativity” at the international Spiritual Care Collaborative 2009 Summit in Orlando, Florida. The workshop highlighted the ways in which the Blaustein Center at HUC-JIR/NY has collaborated with the development of the Blaustein Center at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, in particular the way in the centers worked with cultural differences and knowledge bases to study together, learn from each other, and design the HUC-JIR Mezorim program.
On Saturday, January 31, Rabbi Wiener was the scholar-in-residence at the NJ/West Hudson Valley Regional Biennial where taught workshops on ‘Gender and Judaism,’ exploring biblical, mishnaic, and midrashic texts on gender and sex; and ‘How Caring Families and Caring Communities Connect with End-of-Life Issues,’ exploring biblical texts about end-of-life and using them as a springboard to discuss ways in which communities can help individuals and families as they face the end of life.
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