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Thursday, March 17, 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.  On March 15, Firestone participated in the URJ’s Torah Alive: The Qur’an and the Bible.  He examined stories, laws, and lessons in both scriptures in order to deepen our understanding of their relationship and the uniqueness of each.



Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR/New York, will be speaking at Siegel College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland on “Unfinished Revolutions in Jewish Education” on Friday, March 25, 2011.  Click here for further information.






Dr. David Mendelsson, Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, participated in Eye on the Middle East, where he discussed Israeli politics, culture, and society.  Click here to listen to the podcast.






Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at HUC-JIR/New York, will be the Marjorie and Morgan Miller Scholar in Residence at Westchester Reform Temple on March 25-28, 2011.






Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig, Instructor in Liturgy and Homiletics at HUC-JIR/New York, was a contributor to a Lambda Literary Award Finalist anthology, entitled Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community.  Her chapter is entitled “Spiritual Lessons I Have Learned from Transsexuals.”

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.