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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, will deliver a paper in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, at the Second World Conference on Inter-Religious and Inter-Civilizational Dialogue, May 6-9, 2010. This conference is a key part of the United Nations' "Decade of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace 2011-2020" (or DECADE), aimed at promoting partnership between UN Member States, UN Agencies, Religious and Spiritual Communities, and Civil Society Organizations to advance the culture of peace.  His paper will be, Respect for Religious Rights and Cultural Diversity: The Foundation of peace and prosperity.



Dr. Michael Meyer, the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will be delivering the keynote lecture on May 7th at Tarbut 2010, this year's Jewish Cultural Congress at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps above Munich.  His subject will be "Das deutsch-jüdische Erbe in Amerika" (The German-Jewish Legacy in America).  A week later, following the Friday evening service, he will be speaking at the Progressive congregation Bet Simkha in Prague, and then, the following Sunday, will be delivering the keynote for an academic conference at the University of Frankfurt marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Rabbi Abraham Geiger.  His subject there will be "Abraham Geiger, der Mensch."

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.