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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dr. Michael Chernick, Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice at HUC-JIR/New York, will be participating in the Global Day of Learning on November 7, 2010 in the San Francisco area. The event will take place at Pacifica Jewish Community Center, Foster City, CA.





Lori Klein, MSW, MAJCS, Assistant Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, conducted a workshop on November 3, 2010, entitled, “L’Dor V’Dor: Bridging the Generation Gap” at The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Women’s Department Leadership Summit. The workshop addressed the challenges of, and recommendations for, working with multi-generation volunteers in Jewish communal institutions. It was part of a half day program for Los Angeles Jewish community volunteer leaders. 



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 Haim O. Rechnitzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will teach as part of the Global Day of Jewish Learning on Sunday, November 7th.  He will lead a workshop entitled "Playing Hide & Seek with God in His Orchard: Modern Mystical Quests" from 2:30 -3:20 PM in one of the main floor classrooms at the Mayerson JCC in Cincinnati.  Click here for further information.  Rechnitzer 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. 



Joyce Rosenzweig, Artist-in-Residence at HUC-JIR/New York’s School of Sacred Music, has participated in the following music activities in 2009-2010:

  • Music Director, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, New York, NY
  • Instructor, I. Miller Cantorial School, Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Performing artist, Charlotte Yiddish Institute (North Carolina)
  • Workshop presenter, pianist, North American Jewish Choral Festival
  • Pianist for Cantors' Assembly National Convention
  • Merkin Concert Hall concert: Out of the Classical Closet (organizer and pianist)
  • Concerts: Congregation Beth Yeshurun, (Houston, Texas), Congregation Ansche Chesed (NYC), Congregation Tikvat Jacob (Manhattan Beach, California), Town and Village Synagogue (NYC), Brooklyn College, Center for Jewish History (NYC), Museum of Jewish Heritage (NYC)

Dr. Richard Sarason, Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought and the Associate Editor of the Hebrew Union College Annual, will be participating in a panel at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta on the soon-to-be-published book by Deborah A. Green (University of Oregon), The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature(Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010). 





Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener,Clinical Director of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling at HUC-JIR/NY, will present "Preparing LGBTQ Couples for Marriage" as part of the series on Topics in LGBTQ Pastoral Care on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm at HUC-JIR/New York.  The series is presented by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.  Click here for further information.





Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Professor in Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will be speaking at Congregation Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 10:30 am as part of The Kaplan Institute on Jewish Ethics.  The Institute's aim is to bring together the congregation and community with a Jewish academic who specializes in an area of ethics.  Click here for further information.





Cantor Josee Wolff, D.Min., Director of Student Placement at HUC-JIR’s School of Sacred Music in New York, was elected Spiritual Leader of Temple Sholom of Floral Park in February of 2010. Temple Sholom had been in search of new clergy for a year and a half, and first met Cantor Wolff at a Shabbat service in October 2009. After worshiping together for a few months, the congregation unanimously voted to appoint Cantor Wolff as their primary clergy. Temple Sholom is currently in the process of building a brand new synagogue and looks forward to revitalizing the congregation and Jewish life in the North East Queens community.  Cantor Wolff was invited to teach at the Institute for the Cantorial Arts at Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, and will be spending two weeks there in January, offering sessions on cantillation as well as individual coachings and workshops on Shabbat repertoire.

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.