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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dr. Michael J. Cook will be delivering eight presentations (thirteen topics) in the Atlanta area, Feb. 19-22.  He will deliver five as "Scholar-in-Residence" at Temple Sinai (Feb. 19-21). He will then present a five-subject keynote for the Sandy Springs Interfaith Clergy Association (Feb. 21). Finally, he will lead two other presentations for the Study Kallah of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association (Feb. 22).



Rabbi Samuel Joseph was Scholar-in-Residence for the Midwest Area Reform Rabbis (MWARR-CCAR) Convention in Phoenix, AZ on January 23-25, 2010.  His topic was "The Rabbi Surviving the Addictive Congregation."  He spent December first in Hong Kong with the congregation he helped found 20 years ago and then he traveled to Shanghai to help start a liberal congregation there.


Dr. Leonard Kravitz, professor of Midrash and Homiletics at HUC-JIR and the Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Shalom in Naples, FL on January 29-31, led the lecture series "The World According to Rabbi Kravitz."  At Shabbat services Friday evening, he presented "Where Do Jews Belong?" and reviewed some of the logical implications of that question.  After Havdalah services on Saturday, Dr. Kravitz questioned "Is The World The Way It Is Because God Made It That Way?"  He discussed why the most perplexing issues of the Middle Ages are the ones we face today.  On Sunday morning, Dr. Kravitz took a closer look at the future of Reform Judaism.

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.