Dr. Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew Literature at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will present “Seeing the Blind: Trauma and Poetry in Medieval Ashkenaz,” a workshop on Medieval Hebrew poetry, on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm at Stanford University’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will participate in the lecture series, "Understanding Islam," at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation of Pacific Palisades on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Firestone will discuss political issues and Jewish-Islamic relationships, the concept of Jihad, and where we are today and what we can do about it. Click here for further information. Firestone’s article, “Fellow Demons: Hatred and Mistrust Prevent Jews, Muslims from Building Intercultural Bridges,” the cover story for the Jewish Journal last August, was translated into German and published in two magazines, one Jewish and one Muslim. Click here to read the original version (English). Click here for the publication in the Jewish magazine, haGalil (German). Click here for the publication in the Muslim magazine, Islamische Zeitung (German).
Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Chair in Jewish Communal Service,received this year’s Sam Beber Distinguished AZA Alumnus Award Winner. Dr. Windmueller will accept this honor in Los Angeles on February 20, 2011, while addressing more than 700 teens at BBYO’s International Convention. "During my high school years, AZA represented both the most positive Jewish experience and social connections,” said Windmueller. “In many ways my involvement with BBYO helped to prepare, inspire and teach me about those complex issues that challenge and impact the lives of teens. I shall be forever grateful for the friendships and connections afforded to me through BBYO." Click here for further information.