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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dr. Adriane Leveen, Visiting Associate Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/New York, will lecture on "Milton Steinberg's Literary Imagination and The Prophet's Wife," as one of the panelists in a symposium on Sunday, March 21 at 4 pm at Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street, in Manhattan.  The symposium launches the publication of The Prophet's Wife, a stirring portrait of the prophet Hosea, his free-spirited wife Gomer, and a people seduced by power and idolatry to betray their faith, written by Rabbi Milton Steinberg, author of As A Driven Leaf. Joining Dr. Leveen are Rabbi Harold Kushner, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College), Dr. Arnold Eisen (Jewish Theological Seminary), and Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter (Yeshiva University), with moderator Gary Rosenblatt of The Jewish Week of New York, the co-sponsor of this                                                             program.  Admission is free. Please click here for further information.  

Dr. Reuven Firestone's article "Banning the Burqa," which was originally published in the Jewish Journal, has been picked up by newspapers and magazines in the Middle East.  Most recently, his article was published in the Qatar Morning Post.  Please view the Qatar Morning Post article here. Please view the Arabic translation of Dr. Firestone's book here.  Dr. Firestone is the Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.




Rabbi Stephen Passamaneck, Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, has rejoined the world of law enforcement where, in addition to his duties as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Field Division of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives), he is now part of an Intelligence Team for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the area of Homeland Security. Further, he consults with the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review that reviews Internal Affairs investigations for the Sheriff's Department. He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and regularly attends the ICPC yearly training seminars held throughout the country. Academically, he is working on a translation of a portion of the Shulhan 'Arukh Hoshen Mishpat. The research will take him to Oxford again where he will inspect all the earliest editions of the work housed at the Bodleian                                                Library.

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.