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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Members of HUC-JIR faculty and staff, including Rabbi David Ellenson, Dr. Steven Windmueller, and Dr. Steven M. Cohen, recently had articles published in American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future by Manfred Gerstenfeld and Steven Bayme.  Click here for further information. 

Dr. Michael J. Cook, Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literaturesat HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, is invited to serve as Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth-El of South Bend, IN, and its broader Notre Dame and synagogue communities, on October 22-24, 2010.






Dr. Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew Literature at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, gave a lecture at Wesleyan University on October 7, 2010, on “Seeing the Blind: Medieval Jewish Martyrdom, Poetry, and Hysterical Blindness.”  Click here for further information.  Professor Einbinder will be speaking at Yale for the Medieval Studies program on October 28, 2010.






Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, has been invited to become Honorary Member of the Society of Old Testament Studies in Great Britain, an honor bestowed on only 20 distinguished scholars outside the UK.  She was also asked to give the Keynote Address in the forthcoming meeting of the Society in Oxford, July 2010.






Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, 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" on October 20, 2010.  Firestone will present “Is There Room in Islam for a Jewish State?” at Valley Beth Shalom College of Judaic Studies on November 3, 2010. 





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 discuss "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, 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 on November 7, 2010.





Rabbi Charles Kroloff, Vice President for Special Projects at HUC-JIR, 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.






Dr. Adriane Leveen, Assistant Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, was published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament: “Inside Out: Jethro, the Midianites and a Biblical Construction of the Outsider” (34: 395-417).  She was a participant in a panel discussion on October 10, 2010, with the abstract artist Jill Nathanson, on “Genesis in Painting and Midrash.”  The event was organized by the Skirball Center for Jewish Learning and the Derfner Judaica Museum.  On October 25, 2010, she will be the moderator at the Wisdom Books publication party with Robert Alter at the Eldridge Street Museum. 





Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at HUC-JIR/New York, was invited to be among a select group of distinguished Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars grappling with a religious response to the global economic crisis sponsored by the Caux Roundtable. Convened at the Mountain House in Caux, Switzerland by the Caux Round Table, His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington, DC; Ronald Thiemann, Bussey Professor of Theology and former Dean at the Harvard Divinity School; and Ibrahim Zein, Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion and Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization at the International Islamic University, Malaysia, these scholars have now produced a profound statement that calls on all those affiliated with the Abrahamic faiths to begin to utilize their creative energies to address the challenges that face our world in a post-crisis economy.  Click here to read the Caux Round Table statement: Repairing our Stewardship of Creation: Abrahamic Social Thought and the Global Economic Crisis.  Panken will give the annual Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg Memorial Lecture at Temple Emeth in New Jersey on October 22, 2010.  He will speak on "The Stranger in Jewish Law and Lore: Where Jewish Law meets American Immigration Policy."  Click here for further information.


Rabbi Haim O. Rechnitzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, was asked to participate in “Establishment Debate: Rules of Civic Engagement,” a scholars' panel from Xavier and Cincinnati Universities dedicated to the question of Church and State.  The debate will take place on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm at the Mayerson JCC in Cincinnati.






Professor Adam Rubin, Assistant Professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will present “Ben Gurion and the Founding of Israel” at Valley Beth Shalom College of Judaic Studies on October 20, 2010. 






Dr. S. David Sperling, Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/New York, served as the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Distinguished Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies at the College of William and Mary. Among his presentations were "War, Holy and Otherwise;" and "Do Jews Really Study the Old Testament?"






Dr. Mark E. Washofsky, Ph.D., Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, is the editor of Reform Responsa for the Twenty-First Century: Sh’eilot Ut’shuvot (New York: CCAR Press, 2010).  His revised edition of Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice was recently published by the URJ Press.  His article, “Torture, Terrorism, and the Halakhah,” appeared in the volume edited by Dr. Walter Jacob, War and Terrorism in Jewish Law (Pittsburgh: Rodef Shalom Press, 2010).





Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Professor in Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will participate in the panel symposium at the AJC Board of Governors' Institute at the Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY on October 22, 2010 at 11 am.



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