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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Professor Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, was noted in The Jewish Week’s article, “For ‘Friends’ Groups, A New Normal,” discussing how, with the philanthropic ground under them shifting, American ‘Friends of’ nonprofits having to adjust to new realities.  Click here to read the article.

Dr. Michael J. Cook, Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies, will be circuit-lecturer, from December 4-12, for the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, at various Christian universities and clergy institutes, and Jewish federations and synagogues in Alabama (Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile) and Mississippi (Jackson, Greenville).  He will offer analyses of famous Renaissance art (Jewish symbols in Christmas depictions; also Last Supper portrayals of Judas); facets of Evangelical theology vis-à-vis Israel; Jewish children's "how-to" answers to missionaries and to Christian friends; Jewish perspectives on the Gospels and Paul; among others.

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, delivered a paper at the ninth annual conference of the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue in Doha, Qatar. The conference title was “Social Media and Inter-Religious Dialogue: A New Relationship” and his paper was on how effective use of social media can work to overcome Islamophobia in the West and Antisemitism in the Muslim world.

Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, will serve as Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Mishkan Tefila on December 9-10.  Click here for further information.

Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR, will facilitate “What Will The New Normal Look Like In The Future?” on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the National Association of Temple Administration Conference in Washington, DC. Click here for further information.

Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and Professor of Jewish Education, served as the keynote speaker at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Click here for further information.

Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Professor of the American Jewish Experience, will serve as the scholar-in-residence at Temple Emanuel of Dallas, TX on December 2-4, 2011.  Click here for further information.


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. www.huc.edu