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 present the lecture, “How the Birth-pangs of Religion Complicate Peacemaking between Faith Communities,” at the Hong Kong Network on Religion and Peace on March 2, 2011, at the Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center in Hong Kong. Rabbi Firestone 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.
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. Click here for further information.
Joyce Rosenzweig, Artist-in-Residence at HUC-JIR/New York's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, was honored at a Shabbat Shirah Concert at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, where she serves as Musical Director, on Sunday, February 13, 2011. The concert honored Rosenzweig for her years of incredible music to the CBST community and supporting the world of Jewish music as teacher, performer, mentor, and advocate. Click here for further information about the concert. Click here for pictures and a video made by members of CBST about Rosenzweig.