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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

On April 9-11, Temple Shaari Emeth, Manalapan, NJ, invites Dr. Michael J. Cook to address this summer's 100 performances of Oberammergau's Bavarian Passion Play (produced in years ending in zero). The version in 1930 was used by Hitler to indoctrinate the SS as to why Jews required extermination. In 2003, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops selected Dr. Cook as one of seven scholars to assess the advance text of Gibson's "Passion of the Christ," a Report that triggered the international controversy. He will be recounting his detailed reflections as an insider to that fourteen month ordeal.




Rabbi Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor for Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, was invited to be a guest speaker at the Ecumenical Kirchentag (Church conference) in Munich. The conference will host more than 100,000 people and Rabbi Marx was invited to take part in some sessions and to give voice to Jewish perspectives.  For more information, please click here.




Dr. Gary P. Zola, Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will be speaking at the Jewish Museum of NY on April 22.  For more information, please click here.






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.