Founders’ Day at HUC-JIR

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The HUC-JIR/New York campus commemorated the vision of HUC-JIR's founders, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise, at Founders' Day on March 17, 2011. Rabbi Leonard Kravitz, Ph.D., Professor of Midrash & Homiletics at HUC-JIR/New York, gave a sermon on "A Matter of Definition."  

The Jack H. Skirball Campus at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles gathered together as a community on March 22, 2011, to honor the founders of HUC-JIR in prayer, in learning, and in community building. Each year, the campus presents a case on a topic of interest and concern to the Jewish community. This year, students and faculty addressed the issue of bullying and teen suicide. Rabbinical student Julia Weisz, education student Amanda Greene, and nonprofit management student Shira Landau responded to the case study from their particular professional perspective.

On April 6, 2011, the HUC-JIR/Cincinnati campus will celebrate the unique relationship between Jewish and Christian students as students from the Rabbinical School and Graduate School conduct a joint worship service combining appropriate liturgy and music of both religious traditions, under the guidance of Cantor Yvon Shore and Rabbi Kenneth Kanter, Director, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Rabbinical Program. Of special note is distinguished and honored speaker, Professor Lowell McCoy, senior member of the Cincinnati campus, who served for decades as the Professor of Speech at HUC-JIR.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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.