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Friday, January 29, 2010
Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Wendy Zierler, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies, are Fellows of the North American Scholars Circle of the Hartman Institute. The Hartman North American Judaic Scholars Circle joins together a cadre of leading thinkers from across North America to provide sophisticated new responses to the particular moral and spiritual challenges facing contemporary North American Jewry. Representing a wide range of academic fields and Jewish denominations, the scholars constitute a unique new think tank on North American Jewish life.
Dr. Wendy Zierler was the Scholar-in-Residence at the recent NAORR conference of retired Reform rabbis. 
Dr. Michael J. Cook will address "Islam's Problems with Jews & Christians: Why the Future's Not What It Used to Be," at The Global Shemin Trialogue Seminar, Florida Atlantic University, February 15, 2010.
Dr. Martin Cohen, an honorary member of the Board of the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece,  has been called upon for rabbinic officiation at several of their programs. On Thursday, January 28, 2010, he provided such at the Holocaust  Commemoration of the Martyred Jews of Greece.  The commemoration, established by the Greek parliament, was held at the Greek Consulate in New York, with the attendance of the consul of Greece, and many dignitaries, including his excellence, Archbishop Demetrious, who heads the Greek Orthodox churches in America.

Adriane Leveen, Assistant Professor of Bible on the Los Angeles campus, has an article to be forthcoming in the Journal of the Old Testament. The article's title is: Inside Out: Jethro, the Midianites and a Biblical Construction of The Outsider.  She will be teaching a shabbat morning class March 6 and March 13 on the Prophet Ezekiel at Ansche Hesed Synagogue on the Upper West Side.  She will be participating in a conference honoring Robert Alter and his translatons of the 5 Books of Moses, the books of Samuel, and the Book of Psalms. The conference will be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville March 14-15.  She will be participating in a panel honoring Milton Steinberg and the publication of an unfinished novel, "The Prophet's Wife" at Park Avenue Synagogue on March 21.

Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will tour four communities in Alabama and Tennessee to speak about his new book, "And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning," which focuses on English translations of the Hebrew Bible.  Hoffman's tour, coordinated by the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, will put him in front of Christian, Jewish, and mixed audiences in Dothan, Montgomery, Huntsville, and Knoxville.  In "And God Said," Hoffman contends that English translations of the Hebrew Bible are not just misleading but in some cases inaccurate. The book tackles the Ten Commandments, the description of the "virgin" birth and the surprisingly modern message in the Song of Solomon.  Hoffman is an expert in translation, Hebrew, and the Bible. He holds a doctorate in linguistics and has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the chief translator for the 10-volume series "My People's Prayer Book" (winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and "My People's Passover Haggadah" (both from Jewish Lights Publishing).  He is the author of the critically acclaimed "In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language," from NYU Press.

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.