National Leadership Symposium to Honor : Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Provost Emeritus, HUC-JIR

Friday, February 26, 2010

“Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Visions for the 21st Century” -- A National Symposium Honoring Dr. Norman J. Cohen” will take place across HUC-JIR’s stateside campuses on Sunday, April 18, 2010. The program will take place at 1 pm on the New York and Cincinnati campuses, and at 10 am on the Los Angeles campus – with the presentations and discussion nationally linked through HUC-JIR’s e-classroom technology. Organized in tribute to Dr. Norman Cohen, Provost Emeritus and Professor of Midrash, the symposium will feature a keynote address by Dr. Cohen on Moses and leadership. 

Distinguished faculty scholars will respond in a national dialogue, live from their campuses in New York, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles, on leadership in the American Jewish community and preparing HUC-JIR’s students for their leadership roles.  The participants include Rabbi David Ellenson, President; I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought; Rabbi Jerome Davidson, National Coordinator of Leadership Initiatives, New York; Rabbi Sam Joseph, Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, Cincinnati; and Professor Sara Lee, Director Emerita, Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Los AngelesDr. Steven Windmueller, Dean, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will moderate.

A special reception for alumni, students, and friends will take place at 2:30 pm in New York at the conclusion of the symposium. At 2:45 pm in Cincinnati, there will be a panel discussion with leaders of the Cincinnati Jewish Community on “Cincinnati’s Jewish Community: Past, Present, Future.”

To register for the symposium, please contact: Cincinnati: jgreer@huc.edu; Los Angeles: mrousson@huc.edu; New York: aglazer@huc.edu.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Dr. Norman J. Cohen Chair, please send your check to: Dr. Norman J. Cohen Chair, HUC-JIR, One West 4th Street, Room 418, New York, NY 10012. For questions, please call Eve Starkman at 212-824-2285.


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