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.