Staff of the URJ Volunteers at HUC-JIR's Soup Kitchen - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Staff of the URJ Volunteers at HUC-JIR's Soup Kitchen

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Monday, July 19, 2010

On July 19, 2010, Naomi Abelson, Social Action Specialist at the Union for Reform Judaism and a graduate of HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Communal Service in Los Angeles, organized a URJ staff delegation to HUC-JIR/New York to volunteer at the weekly, student-run Soup Kitchen.  Rabbi Daniel Freelander, Senior Vice President of the URJ, who volunteered at the Soup Kitchen, explained, “Fourteen members of the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism volunteered their time to support HUC-JIR’s Soup Kitchen.  Their professional lives are devoted to promoting Jewish literacy and social justice, and this is an opportunity to do the work of social justice in addition to promoting the cause.”  

Photo credit: Naomi Abelson

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.