HUC-JIR is proud of our accomplished faculty:
Dr. Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew Literature, is participating in the workshop, “Latin and Vernacular Translations of Hebrew Texts in the 12th and 13th Century,” on September 20 inBochum, Germany, at the Ruhruniversitaet Bochum. Click here for further information.
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, will be speaking at the Judische liberale Gemeinde, "Or Chadasch," on September 16 in Zurich. Click here for further information.
Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D., Eleanor Sinesheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, lead an all day Board Retreat for Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO, on August 28, 2011. He presented a three day intensive for educators at the Moreh L’Morim Conference in Cleveland, OH, from July 31- August 3, 2011, on the topic of “Pursuing Peace in our Teaching, Leading and Governance: Consensus Decision Making.” Rabbi Joseph served as the National Co-Chair for the Reform Movement’s new Goals for Life Long Learning and a member of the Core Team and the Vision Team of the Reform Movement’s Teen Engagement Initiative and call to Action. He completed three days of training rabbinical mentors and rabbinical internship supervisors as part of the Leona Aronoff Rabbinic Mentoring Program at HUC-JIR. He published an article in the Winter 2011 issue of Torah at the Center: “A Better, Brighter Future because of You – Special Needs Educational Consulting” and the Spring 2011 issue: “Setting the Goals of Life Long Learning.” Click here for more information about the Union for Reform Judaism’s Torah at the Center.
Dr. Leah Hochman, Director of the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies and Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought, served as Scholar-In-Residence at Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson, where she led five sessions: “Beauty (and Ugliness) in Judaism,” text study on Re’eh, a sermon on “Beauty (and the Sublime) in Judaism,” a talk on “Tweeting, Torah, and Texting: What American Judaism Looks Like on the Web,” and an open Q&A session on “Judaism from Abraham to Zionism.” The rabbi at Congregation Or Chadash, Rabbi Tom Louchheim, is the great grandson of Jerome H. Louchheim, for whom the Louchheim School is named.
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, is presenting at “Legal Scholar – Preacher – Spiritual Adviser – Mystagogue: Occupational Images of Rabbis, Pastors, and Priests,” a conference on the nature of the clergy across religious traditions, on September 19-22 in Regensburg, Germany. Rabbi Hoffman will present a reconsideration of the modern North American rabbinate, in an era of rampant secularization. He is tracing the impact of professionalization on the rabbinate, the growing secularization of America, the steady decline in liberally minded church and synagogue life, the growing search for spirituality, and the conflict between professionally minded bureaucratic religion and the need for spiritual leadership. The results of the symposium will be published in the “Studia Judaica” series of the Walter de Gruyter Berlin Publishing House.
Rabbi Richard Levy, Rabbi of Campus Synagogue and Director of Spiritual Growth, was highlighted in The Jewish Journal’s Holiday Book article for his revised edition of “On Wings of Awe: A Fully Transliterated Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur” (Ktav Publishing). Rabbi Levy’s revised machzor includes more poetic translations, new interpretive readings, and added prayers. Of particular interest is the transliteration of every Hebrew prayer in the service. Click here to read The Jewish Journal’s article.
Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Midrash, will attend the international conference “Legal Scholar - Preacher - Spiritual Adviser: Changing Roles of Rabbis, Pastors, and Priests” in Regensburg, Germany on September 19-22. Click here for further information.
Dr. Michael Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History, will be lecturing on "Leo Baeck and Silesia" at a conference on Jewish History in Silesia to be held in Wroclaw, Poland, on September 25-27. The conference is sponsored by the International Leo Baeck Institute, the Hamburg Institute for the History of the Jews in Deutschland, the Willy Brandt Center of the Wroclaw University, and the Warsaw Jewish Historical Institute.
Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Director of Education and Professional Development, served as the coordinator and facilitator of the Conference of “Teachers of Teachers” of the Israeli Culture Commission, sponsored by the Ministry of Education. The Conference took place in Beer Sheva, where directors and coordinators of eleven of Israel's leading teachers' seminaries gathered for planning and sharing the vision for implementing the teaching of the new subject of The Culture of Israel into hundreds of Israel's schools. They were joined by national representatives of the Ministry of Education. The two-day conference was the first of its kind. Muszkat-Barkan serves as consultant for this important government initiative.
Michele Prince, Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, will give the Dr. Robert L. Austin Adult Education Memorial Lecture, “Jewish Wisdom and Wellness: Building a Caring Community” at Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada, CA, on September 18 at 4:00 pm. As Temple Beth Ohr considers how to best serve the "sandwich generation," Prince will lead an interactive discussion about what Judaism teaches about taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.
Dr. Ruchama Weiss, Director of the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling has just been awarded the Jewish National Fund (KaKal) "Yitztchak Leib and Rachel Goldberg Prize" for outstanding literary publication for her recent book of Hebrew poetry.
Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service, will open "Common History, Shared Future: A Summit for Leaders of the Latino and Jewish Communities,” a high level meeting of key community leaders in major Latino and Jewish organizations in Los Angeles, on Thursday, September 22 at UCLA. He will share some of his work on Latino-Jewish relations and frame some of the key issues that impact and define the Los Angeles Jewish community. Click here for further information.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation’s oldest 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 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 history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.