President's Rabbinic Council Kallah

Monday, December 6, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson assembled his President’s Rabbinic Council for a two-day Kallah on November 15-16, 2010 at the Glen Cove Conference Center in Glen Cove, New York.  The central topics for discussion were:

  • What should be the primary mission of the College-Institute in the changing landscape of the Reform movement?  How can our rabbis/congregations help the College fulfill that mission?
  • How can HUC-JIR best serve the evolving needs of our congregations?

The Council consists of sixty rabbis from across the nation who have committed themselves to assisting the President by providing counsel, supporting the College-Institute financially, and encouraging others to do the same.  Rabbi Jerry Davidson and Amy Schwartzman serve as Council co-chairs while Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff represents the College administration.

Presentations were made at the Kallah by Rabbis Amy Schwartzman, David Stern, Aaron Panken, and Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Jane Karlin, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, offered her vision for financial development in the coming years.  The deans of the stateside campuses, Rabbi Kenneth Ehrlich, Dr. Joshua Holo, and Rabbi Shirley Idelson, connected the discussion to the realities and the aspirations of their campuses and the larger context.  Dr. John Ruskay, Executive Vice president UJA-NY Federation, led a conversation on the subject, “How do we envision the dynamics of change in the American Jewish community in the next 10-20 years?”   President Ellenson opened the Kallah with a d’var Torah and provided ongoing insights, commentary, and focus throughout the two-day meeting.

A concluding session which focused on possible action items was facilitated by Rabbi Richard Jacobs.  Tefilah, evening, and morning services were led by Rabbis Neal Gold, Andrea London, Jeffrey Sirkman, and Marcy Zimmerman.


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