Annual HUC-JIR Recruitment Shabbaton at Kibbutz Yahel - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Annual HUC-JIR Recruitment Shabbaton at Kibbutz Yahel

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This past Shabbat, 13 college students and young adults from across North America gathered at Kibbutz Yahel for the Annual HUC-JIR Recruitment Shabbaton. These students are currently studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. For so many of them, finding a Reform Jewish community in Israel can be challenging, and this Shabbat at Kibbutz Yahel (the first Reform kibbutz in Israel) provided them with a chance to pray, sing, and eat together in the beautiful desert surroundings. The group was led by Rabbi David Wilfond and HUC-JIR students Jodie Gordon (R-'14), Amanda Greene (RHSOE '12), David Mintz (SSM '14), and Matt Zerwekh (R-'14), some of whom are former Recruitment Shabbaton participants themselves.

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.