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Monday, April 19, 2010

Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, has had his book, Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims (Ktav) translated into Arabic as Dhuriyyat Ibrahim: Muqaddama `an al-Yahudiyya lil-Muslimin. To view the free online version, please click here.




Nili S. Fox, Professor of Bible, Director of the Archaeology Center in Cincinnati, and incoming Director of the School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR, will be scholar in residence on the Princess Cruise from New York to Nova Scotia, August 14-21, 2010.  The theme of Dr. Fox’s presentations is “Bible and Archaeology: Wedded Bliss or Estranged Bedfellows.” Topics covered in her slide lectures will include:
1. How Does Archaeology Elucidate Biblical Texts – Or Does It?
2. Israelite Slavery in Egypt and the Exodus – Textual and Archaeological Evidence
3. Israelite Religious Practices – From Polytheism to Monotheism
4. HUC’s Excavations at Tel Dan – the House of David Stele and Other Key Finds
5. Unearthing the United Monarchy of David and Solomon
6. Jerusalem the Royal Judean Capital – How It Survived the Assyrians but Succumbed to the Babylonians.     
The mini-course at sea is organized by the American Institute of Archaeology/Long Island Society for its members. Friends of HUC-JIR are welcome to join the group. For further information please contact Nili Fox at



Rabbi David Wilfond, Regional Director of Admissions at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, led a recruitment program on April 18, 2010.  He spent the afternoon with twenty-five 8th graders from the Temple Sinai North Dade Reform Day School learning about the role of HUC-JIR in Reform Judaism in Israel and around the world.  Rabbi David Wilfond said, "Our hope is that these meaningful experiences on an HUC-JIR campus might spark a young leader to begin the path to the rabbinate, cantorate and a life of Jewish leadership."

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.