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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dr. Michael J. Cook, Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies, made three presentations at the Limmud-Fest Labor Day Weekend Conference at Tumbling Waters (Ramah Darom), north of Atlanta. Before that, he was Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Adath B'nai Israel in Evansville, IN from August 26-28.





Galeet Dardashti, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor in the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, is performing herSelihot-inspired Monajat, touring in September in Miami, New York City, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Click here for further information.






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, edited “Learned Ignorance: An Investigation into Humility in Interreligious Dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews” (NY: Oxford University Press), with James L. Heft and Omid Safi.  It includes an article by Firestone: "Chosenness and the Exclusivity of Truth," and also one by Michael Signer, z"l, an esteemed rabbinical alumnus of HUC-JIR who served for almost two decades as Professor of Medieval History and Commentaries: "'Seeing the Sounds': Intellectual Humility and the Process of Dialogue."  Click here for further information.  Firestone will be speaking at the Judische liberale Gemeinde, "Or Chadasch," on September 16 in Zurich.  Click here for further information.




Christopher Eli Kraus, JD, MTS, Visiting Instructor in Jewish Education, was appointed Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Sholom in Cincinnati, OH, as a complement to his part-time teaching position at HUC-JIR.





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.





Michele Prince, Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, served on the panel of the CCAR teleconference call, “Sacred Healing:  Echoes of 9/11,” on September 8.  She reflected on Jewish teachings, values, insights, and experiences that help us find healing as we consider the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the several natural disasters of the past year, and economic challenges so many have faced recently.  Prince 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. Richard Sarason, Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought and the Associate Editor of the Hebrew Union College Annual, participated in an international conference of scholars held in Jerusalem in June on the topic of “Midrashim of the Land of Israel and their Dissemination,” where he was a respondent to two papers.  In early July, Sarason taught at the URJ’s Summer Learning Institute in Princeton, NJ.  The topic of the Kallah program was “Living a Reform Jewish Life” and his course was “Living Out a Reform Jewish Piety: Personal Prayer and Communal Worship.”  He also taught a session for the Hadrakah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Jewish Life, which was part of the Institute.  In late July, Sarason taught at Mifgash Musicale, a week-long program for synagogue musicians held annually on the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR and sponsored jointly by the Guild of Temple Musicians, HUC-JIR, and the URJ.  This year’s sessions dealt with High Holy Day liturgy and musical repertoire.

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