Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at HUC-JIR/New York

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Worship Working Group (WWG), a student-faculty collaboration whose mission is to enhance the leading of prayer and the worship experience at the New York campus, is planning an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Last year, cantorial student Rollin Simmons presented a moving and insightful 5th-year recital on interfaith voices in our HUC-JIR community.  Inspired by Rollin’s recital, the WWG has decided to take the next step in celebrating the diversity of our institution by holding an interfaith Thanksgiving service.  Thanksgiving has long been a holiday that people of all faiths can commemorate, and we seek this year to offer our thanks as a united community.

The WWG looks forward to fostering a healthy collaboration as we create a meaningful service.  Based on the central themes of gratitude and appreciation, the WWG is asking members of the HUC-JIR community to share words of thanks from their tradition in the form of prayer, poem, song, or reading.  The WWG also hopes to combine the beautiful voices of HUC-JIR/New York students, staff, and faculty into a community choir.

The service promises to be a meaningful event in the life of the HUC-JIR community.


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 men and women for service to 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, 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. www.huc.edu