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Monday, March 14, 2011

Dr. Michael J. Cook, Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures, will be serving as Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Beth Shalom in Cary, NC, March 11-13, 2011.






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. The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies presents the Elizabeth & Robert Plumleigh Lecture Series, "The Birth of Religion and The Making of Peace," with featured speaker, Rabbi Firestone, on March 22, 2011. Click here for further information.



Professor Paul Liptz, a member of the faculty at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, presented commentary on religious, ethnic, and economic components, and led a discussion on the role of honor, pride and humiliation in this complex area with its 350 million citizens, at Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, MO, on March 7, 2011.


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.




Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig, A member of the HUC-JIR faculty at the New York campus, presented the paper, “‘Male and Female, God Created Them:’ The Intersex, Transsexual, and Transgender in Judaism,” at the Annual Gender Studies and Women’s Studies Symposium at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Newark, NJ.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve 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, museums, 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.