Rabbi Dr. David Aaron, Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at HUC-JIR, has been awarded the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies. This award was granted May 7 at the 48th annual graduation ceremony of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. Upon receiving the award, Dr. Aaron spoke briefly to a diverse group of graduating students to share his personal experiences of knowing Dr. Krister Stendahl. Dr. Aaron was simultaneously inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the Foundation, the highest honor the institution may bestow upon a scholar who is not a faculty member. He was joined by his son, Joshua, during the graduation festivities on May 6 and 7. Inaugurated in 2009 in honor of the late Dr. Stendahl, the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies is presented once annually to an outstanding scholar in Biblical Studies. The 2009 winner was Reverend Professor John Barton, Oriel Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oriel College, Oxford University, and Canon Theologian at Winchester Cathedral in England. Joining Dr. Aaron this year as Honorary Fellows were both Dr. Chris Day, Director of Academic Programmes in the International Programmes Division of the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and The Very Reverend Dr. John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Click here for further information.
Debbie Friedman, Instructor in Music at HUC-JIR's School of Sacred Music, has been invited by President and Mrs. Obama to a reception in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month to be held at the White House on Thursday, May 27, 2010.
Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR/New York, will be the guest scholar in a Webinar to study sacred texts on May 25th with Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber, Adult Learning Specialist at the URJ. The topic for the webinar is "Insiders and Outsiders: Jews and the Civil Rights Movement." Through firsthand accounts and a text study of Rabbi Joachim Prinz's oration at the 1963 March on Washington, this webinar will explore the experiences of Jewish activists in the Civil Rights Movement as Jews. Please click here for further information.
Bonia Shur, Director of Liturgical Arts Emeritus at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, a well known composer not only of Jewish Liturgical Music but also on the concert stage of America, was invited to be the guest composer with the Sarasota Key Chorale/Ft. Meyers Symphonic Chorus at their 25th anniversary celebration at the Sarasota Opera House. During the concert, three of Shur’s compositions were featured with great success. In 1998, Shur was invited as a guest conductor of his own work by that same 130 person Chorale. His rousing composition “Kol Ha N’Shemah” with brass and percussion concluded the concert. The Sarasota newspaper said, “It took a composer/conductor from out of town to make the people of our city stand on their feet and scream Bravo”. Again on April 25, 2010, they sang three of his works, honoring him publicly. He was told by the conductor, Joseph Caulkins, that a week previously, the Ft. Meyers Symphonic Chorale concluded their concert with three of his works, again with a standing ovation.