Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, is currently teaching HUC-JIR's rabbinic colleagues at SEACCAR (Southeast Area CCAR) in Fort Lauderdale. He will be presenting a paper in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, at the Second World Conference on Interreligious and Inter-Civilization Dialogue. His paper will be "Respect for Religious Rights and Cultural Diversity: The Foundation of peace and prosperity." On May 12, he is speaking at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania (Cluj-Napoca, the capital of the region called Transylvania) at an invited lecture for the Seminar for Research in Religions and Ideologies (SCIRI). His talk will be "Divine Authority And Mass Violence: Holy War in Judaism, Christianity and Islam."
Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience, HUC-JIR/New York, has just published an article on Jewish education during the Depression in Jewish Educational Leadership (please click here for pdf of article) and a chapter, entitled "Sadie Rose Weilerstein through the Looking Glass, K'tonton and the American Jewish Zeitgeist" in "The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, edited by Carol Ingall (Brandeis, 2010).
Dr. Gary Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR, is speaking at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m.. He was invited by The National Archives to participate in their program marking Jewish American Heritage Month. For further information, please click here.
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