Rabbi Kari Hofmaister Tuling, a
doctoral candidate at HUC-JIR, was recently awarded a prestigious grant for the 2011-2012 academic year from the Memorial Foundation For Jewish Culture to provide funding for her doctoral dissertation research.
Tuling, a rabbi who continued her education immediately post-ordination in the doctoral program, is writing in the area of Jewish Thought. The title of her dissertation is "Between Maimonides and Kant: Hermann Cohen's Religion of Reason."
It is fitting that Tuling receives funding from the Memorial Foundation: Hermann Cohen (1842-1918), the subject of her dissertation, was a leading philosopher in Germany, the founder of the neo-Kantian "Marburg School" of philosophy, and the head of the philosophy department at the university in Marburg. Cohen was also a prominent Reform Jew who wrote on behalf of the German-Jewish community, and was also the author of one of the great works in Jewish Philosophy, Religion of Reason out of the Sources of Judaism. Excerpts of his work are included in the curriculum of the rabbinic program at HUC-JIR.
The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture was founded in 1965 by Nahum Goldmann with reparation funds from the government of what was then West Germany. The mandate of the Foundation at its inception was the reconstruction of Jewish cultural life around the world after the Shoah. The manner in which that mandate has been most effectively fulfilled by the Foundation is through the identification and support of a new generation of scholars, intellectuals, academic, writers, artists, rabbis, educators and other Jewish communal professionals to replace their earlier counterparts in Europe who were decimated by the Nazis in the Holocaust.