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Friday, May 14, 2010

Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/New York, will participate in “Prayer: An Answer to the 21st Century,” a conference in Princeton from June 24 through June 27.  The conference is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Fellowship in Prayer, one of America's first interfaith groups established in opposition to the atomic bomb as a way to bring the spiritual life to bring different people together for the common good.  Other speakers include Sister Joan Chittister,  Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, Gustav Niebuhr, Rev. James Forbes, and Fr. Edward Beck.  There will be over 20 workshops on prayer and social action from a wide variety of traditions.


Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, will participate in the Annual World Council of Jewish Communal Service June Seminar, “Is What's Good for Israel Good for the Jews? How to Achieve Unity When Opinions Differ” on Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm at Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem.  The Keynote speaker, Professor Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will lead a discussion of the timely and critical issues faced by Jewish communal professionals during a time of tension and differences within the Israel Diaspora relationship.  The event is held in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel Annual Assembly.

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.