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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Professor Sarah Benor led a discussion at the University of Colorado at Boulder on September 28, 2010, titled “Movers: Speak Jewish?”  The discussion asked questions such as: Is there such thing as "American Jewish English"? If so, how does it compare and relate to Jewish languages of the past?  Benor’s introductory lecture focused on the history of Jewish languages and some of their distinctive features. In the facilitated breakout groups that followed, participants were given quotes and questions for discussion. The concluding session examined American Jewish diversity, which is reflected and constructed in language.


Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, was the interlocutor for a presentation at Los Angeles’ Central Library on September 28, 2010.  Click here to view the podcast of the presentation.  He will participate in the Progress Jewish Alliance’s Valley Salon Series on October 10, 2010 on “Stigma: A Conversation on Islamophobia and Antisemitism.”  Click here for further information.  On October 12, 2010, Firestone will lead a URJ Webinar: “Torah Alive: The Qur'an, Jihad, and Ground Zero - What do Islamic Sources Really Say About Jews and other non-Muslims?”  Click here for further information.  On October 20, 2010, Firestone will present a paper at the Eighth Doha Conference for Interfaith Dialogue in Doha, Qatar, entitled “The Need for Educational Reform in Religious Education that Teaches Honor and Respect for Other Religions.”


Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/New York, will present the Annual Cohon Memorial Lecture on October 29, 2010, at 7:30 pm at Temple Sinai of Brookline, MA.  He will talk about “Builders, Baby Boomers and Beyond: Looking for American Jewish Identity,” a nostaligic revisiting of baby boomers growing up.




Christopher Eli Kraus, JD, MTS, Visiting Instructor in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will present at a national conference on October 9, 2010, in Cincinnati on Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Medicine, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Adolescent Clinic/Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center titled “Teen Health Professional as Advocate: Building Bridges of Consent and Confidence Between Teens and Adults.”  On November 7, 2010, Kraus is leading a seminar for the World Day of Jewish Learning, co-sponsored by Jewish Education Society of North America and Jewish Community Centers around the world, including the one in Cincinnati, titled “Love and Relationships in Jewish Life”, at the Mayerson JCC.


Rabbi Charles Kroloff will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination with an afternoon of study at Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, NJ, on October 16, 2010.  Rabbi Kroloff, Vice President for Special Projects at HUC-JIR, said, “I believe Torah study and Jewish education are the core of Jewish life. From that flow knowledge and community and social justice and faith.”  Click here for more information.





Robert E. Tornberg, Education Director of HUC-JIR/Los Angeles DeLeT, had two papers accepted for presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference in November in San Antonio. AEA brings together 2500 evaluation practitioners, academics, and students from around the world.  The first paper, “The Essentials of a Quality Evaluation Capstone Project, Practicum or Internship: Students' Perspectives,” Tornberg, together with two other graduate students, will describe and analyze our experiences “in the field” as a positive learning experience.  In the second paper, entitled, “Study of the Process and Effects of the Evaluation Fellows Program,” Tornberg and two other researchers will evaluate the impact of the Evaluation Fellows Program which was held under the auspices of the University of Minnesota. The program brought together educational practitioners, evaluators, funders, and policy-makers, to look at school reform in the light of the methods used to evaluate those reforms.


Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Professor in Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will address“Dedicating Synagogues and Building Community: Reflections on the Changing Realities Facing American Jews” on October 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm at Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino, CA.  Click here for further information.  On October 22, 2010 at 11 am, Windmueller will participate in the panel symposium at the AJC Board of Governors’ Institute at the Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY.

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.