"Our Engagement with Israel: :Addressing Personal & Professional Challenges" : Thursday, Feb. 25 from 9-4:30 at HUC-JIR/NY

Friday, February 19, 2010

Please join us at HUC-JIR/New York on Thursday, February 25 from 9:00am - 4:30 pm for a Yom Iyun on "Our Engagement with Israel: Addressing Personal & Professional Challenges."

The program will begin by setting the context for personal reflections.  Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, and Jay Michaelson, columnist for The Forward, Huffington Post, and Zeek, will begin with "What's Happening with American Jewry?"  Hear personal reflections from faculty and students and share your thoughts in small groups.

The program will continue with "Professional Challenges: Life in the Trenches," led by a panel of Jewish professionals including:
Rabbi Andy Bachman, Congregation Beth Elohim, Park Slope
Rabbi Deborah Bravo, Temple Emanu-El, Edison, NJ
Cantor Adina Frydman, Synergy, UJA Federation of Westchester
Mindy Davids, Temple Educator, Temple Sha'aray Tefilah, NYC

The topic of Professional Challenges will continue with  "The Place fo Israel in Reform Judaism and the Place of Reform Judaism in Israel," a conversation with:
Rabbi David Ellenson, President, HUC-JIR
Rabbi Na'ama Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Yehudit Werchow, URJ Shlichah & Israel Rabbinical Student

The program will be followed by Minchah.

Please RSVP to tneale@huc.edu by Monday, February 22.


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