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Thursday, January 22, 2009


The Changing Landscape of Jewish Professional Leadership:

A Symposium in Honor of the

40th Anniversary of the School of Jewish Communal Service


A landmark event in American Jewish communal life

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

At HUC-JIR/LA, 3077 University Avenue


Sponsored by the Advisory Board of the School of Jewish Communal Service (SJCS) and Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California (JCPSC).

11:00 am: Session 1:  The Vision

Tefillot and Founder’s Day Address: 

“Retrospect and Prospect: The Future Lies Ahead”

Presenter:  Prof. Jerry Bubis, Founding Director, SJCS


12:15 pm: Lunch


Session 2:  The Values

“Introducing the Brit Miksoah: The Covenant of Jewish Professional Leadership”

Moderator:  Richard Siegel, Interim Director, SJCS


Michael Hirschfeld, President, JCPSC

Marsha Rothpan, Chair, JCPSC Professional Standards Task Force

Abigail Fleishman, Regional Director, JNF


2:00 pm: Session 3:  The Context

“Changes in the American Jewish Community: A Lay Perspective”

Presenter: Stanley Gold, Chairman of the Board, LA Jewish Federation

Respondent:  Dr. Steven Windmueller, Dean, HUC-JIR/LA


3:30 pm: Session 4:  The Impact

“Changing Expectations of Jewish Communal Professionals”

Moderator:  Marla Abraham, SVP, LA Jewish Federation


John Fishel, President, LA Jewish Federation

Sally Weber, Director of Jewish Community Programs, JFS

David Levy, Executive Director, LA Hillel Council



Open to alumni, Jewish professionals, students, faculty and lay leaders from HUC-JIR and the community.


Registration (includes lunch): $25 ($18 for JCSPC members)

Please respond to Hattie Pearson, 213-765-2117,

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, 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.