Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D., Founding Director of HUC-JIR’s Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health and Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations, will share “Midrash and Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition,” his new book of essays by Jewish health leaders and important thinkers from within the national Jewish community, on Shabbat morning on February 26, 2011 at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills); on February 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm during a special Havdalah service for the Union of Reform Judaism meeting (The Westin Los Angeles Airport, 5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles); and on February 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Chevalier's Bookstore (126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles).
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 was awarded The Summer Institute for Israel Studies flagship fellowship at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. During and through the fellowship, Firestone will develop a new course at HUC-JIR and at USC on Israel in which students will have the opportunity to learn about the country and its history from a perspective that is supportive of Zionism while treating the complexity of Jewish-Muslim/Israeli-Palestinian relations responsibly. Click here for further information.
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at HUC-JIR/New York, will speak on “From Talmud to Today” at East End Temple on Friday, March 11, 2011. He will illuminate modern issues facing our society with timeless Rabbinic wisdom.
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.