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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dr. Michael J. Cook, Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will serve as Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Israel in Charleston, WV, on April 1-3, 2011.






Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies at the Jack H. Skirball Campus at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, participated in “Abraham: Where Three Faiths Converge” on March 30, 2011.  We call Judaism, Christianity, and Islam the Abrahamic faiths, but is the Abraham discussed in each scripture the same person?  Rabbi Firestone, along with his co-panelists, opened up a discussion on how Abraham is viewed through each religious tradition, what are the different religious qualities stressed, and what is it in Abraham that moves us, that helps us to understand how to respond to God's call.




Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at HUC-JIR/New York, will be the Scholar in Residence at Temple Beth Israel in Longboat Key, Florida, on April 1-2, 2011.





Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service at the Jack H. Skirball Campus at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will present “Unpacking the Middle East: A Geo-Political Analysis of the Region and United States Interests” on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Isaac Mayer Wise Temple in Cincinnati, OH.  Click here for further information.






Rabbi Gary Zola, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will serve as the Bernice and Seymour Nordenberg Scholar-In-Residence at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL, on April 29-May 1, 2011.  The weekend will also mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the congregation.  Dr. Zola delivered a lecture to the students and faculty of the Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism at the University of Haifa on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.  The title of his lecture was "Reform's Early Beginnings in America and in Germany:  A Comparative Analysis."  Haifa University's faculty have come to the American Jewish Archives over the years to study—more faculty from Haifa University have come to the AJA than any other university in Israel—engendering warm collegial relations.

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.