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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, was invited to present in the Feminist Hermeneutics Section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting on November 19-23 in a panel on "The Politics and Practices of Commentary Writing."






Barry S. Kogan, the Clarence and Robert Efroymson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought and Philosophy at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, recently published “Two Gentlemen of Cordova: Averroes and Maimonides on the Transcendence and Immanence of God,” in Adaptations and Innovations: Studies on the Interaction between Jewish and Islamic Thought and Literature from the Early Middle Ages to the Late Twentieth Century Dedicated to Professor Joel L. Kraemer, eds. Y. Tzvi Langermann & Josef Stern (Paris-Louvain-Dudley, MA: Peeters, 2007), pp. 157-227.  Click here for further information.  Kogan also published “Understanding Prophecy: Four Traditions and their Early Modern Reception” The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: From Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century, Steven Nadler & T. M. Rudavsky, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 481-523.  Click here for further information.  Kogan wrote a brief introduction to Halevi and his theological/philosophical project, "Halevi, Judah” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (on-line), 2008.   Kogan was invited to speak at the Philosophy and the Religious Studies Department Colloquium at Marquette University in October, 2009 on the topic, “On Theophany and Philosophy: Judah Halevi’s Account of the Origins of the Religion of Israel in the Kuzari (Kitab al-Khazari).”  It allowed for both a re-union of old friends and a lively discussion.  Most recently, Kogan was invited to teach and is currently teaching in the undergraduate program in history and Judaic Studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  The course is entitled “Jewish Civilization III: The Modern Period (1492-the Present).”  It is designed to conclude a three-course sequence in the intellectual history of Jews and Judaism and comprises one of the requirements for an undergraduate minor in Judaic Studies which was  recently created at Xavier.  It has proved to be both a very stimulating and worthwhile experience.



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.

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