HUC-JIR is proud of our accomplished faculty:

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Ph.D., Associate Professor for Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, will be a 2011-2012 Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization fellow. Click here for further information.
   
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies, will participate in an international symposium, "Legal Scholar - Preacher - Spiritual Adviser: Changing Roles of Rabbis, Pastors, and Priests" in Regensburg, Germany on September 19-22, 2011. Click here for further information. Rabbi Firestone presented a lecture series on Muslims at Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles. Click here to read more.
   
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, will participate in an international symposium, "Legal Scholar - Preacher - Spiritual Adviser: Changing Roles of Rabbis, Pastors, and Priests" in Regensburg, Germany on September 19-22, 2011. Click here for further information.
   
Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience, served as Program Chair of the 25th Annual Conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, which was held at York University in Toronto, Canada, June 12-14. Dr. Krasner's new book, The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education, was featured in Jewish Ideas Weekly article, "Hebrew School." Click here to read the article.
   
Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, participated in a global Jewish forum "A Big Blue Tent and Jewish Dissent: Cultivating Resilience against Israel's Delegitimization" at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem's Blaustein Hall on June 29, 2011. The forum explored the principles and practices necessary to mobilize a wide Jewish consensus to address the challenge. In the session, "Sources of Resilience - Cultivating Activists for Israel," Dr. Marmur and Rabbi Dr. Daniel Gordis participated in a panel discussion chaired by Yonatan Ariel, Executive Director, Makom.
   
Bruce Phillips, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Communal Service, published an article in the Spring edition of the CCAR Journal: "A Demographer Considers the Twenty-First Century." Click here to read more.
   
Dr. Yaffa Weisman, Director, The Frances-Henry Library, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, is the recipient of the 2011 Shoah Foundation Institute Teaching Stipend, which is designed to support new course creation or substantial revision to an existing course.
   
Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig, Instructor in Liturgy and Homiletics, with HUC-JIR alumni, Rabbis Eliot Kukla (HUC-JIR/LA '06) and Reuben Zellman (HUC-JIR/LA '10), contributed to an anthology that recently won a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction: Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, edited by Noach Dzmura, North Atlantic Books. The review explains, "Margaret Moers Wenig's linguistics piece "Spiritual Lessons I Have Learned From Transsexuals" mixes word-geekery with a wondrous analysis of the nature of trans experience that left me cheering in my chair."
   
Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min., led a workshop entitled "Insights about Self-Care from Leviticus: Spiritual and Geographic Transitions of the Caregiver" at the 8th Spiritual Care Conference for Professionals, Spiritual Support as a Therapeutic Language in Israeli Society, held in Jerusalem, May 16-17.
   
Steven Windmueller, Ph.D., Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service, recently had his review essay, "Jews in the Shaping of Modern Capitalism," published in Virginia Commonwealth University's Menorah Review #75, Summer/Fall 2011. Click here to read more. Dr. Windmueller's recent survey was discussed in The Jewish Daily Forward's "Jewish Seat Threatened by Growing Latino Bloc." Click here for further information. Click here to view his survey. Dr. Windmueller published "In This Time, In This Place: Establishing Your Voice and Defining Your Message" in the Spring edition of the CCAR Journal.
   
Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director, Rhea Hirsch School of Education, chaired the opening plenary and wrote the preface for the book, The International Handbook of Jewish Education, a two-volume tome published by Springer Science & Business Media in April, which was launched June 12 at the 25th annual conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education. Click here to read more (page 12).
   
  Dr. Sharon Koren, Assistant Professor of Medieval Jewish Culture; Dr. Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible; and Dr. Andrea Weiss, Assistant Professor of Bible; taught at the annual conference of the Women's Rabbinic Network, "Fire and Water: Passion and Renewal," on May 22-25, 2011. Click here for conference details.
   
  Dr. Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, and Dr. Alyssa Gray, Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature, served on a panel at the Tikkun on Shavuot at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York.

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