Study Day Honors Dr. Michael Marmur

Monday, November 30, 2009

On November 19th the Jerusalem campus held a study day honoring Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, for his ten-year tenure as Dean.  The afternoon included presentations by the senior rabbinical students about to be ordained the next day, and by graduates of the Israeli Rabbinic Program.  They offered their visions, hopes, dreams, and dedication to building a Progressive Israel. Responding to these presentations were Dr. Yehoyada Amir, Dr Dalia Marx, and Rabbi Meir Azari of Tel Aviv’s Beit Daniel and current Chair of the Council of Progressive Rabbis in Israel (MaRam).  A Master Class taught in Hebrew by Rabbi Marmur followed.  Dr. Marmur lectured on the Jewish thinker Ahad Ha’Am, who was the subject of research by HUC-JIR’s former President, Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, z”l. To conclude the day, Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, moderated a lively panel for the Year-In-Israel Program, staff, and guests on "The Many Roles of the Rabbi," reflecting the different aspects of  Rabbi Marmur’s work. Rabbi David Ellenson talked about the "Rabbi as Scholar" giving a sweeping history of how Jewish Scholarship evolved; Rabbi David Rosen, Director of the Department for Interreligious Affairs and Director of the Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding of the American Jewish Committee, offered a masterful presentation on "Rabbi as Preacher, Rabbi in Dialogue," and Rabbi Felicia Sol of Bnai Jeshrun of New York gave an inspiring charge to our students on "Rabbi as Synagogue Leader." Rabbi Sol (N ’99) was in Jerusalem leading a 20 woman delegation to attend the ordination the next day of Rabbi Chen Ziphoni, who had served as a Marshall T. Meyer Fellow at “BJ.”

 


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