Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at HUC-JIR, interned at Beth Chayim Chadishim, the oldest GLBT outreach synagogue in the Reform Movement. During her last Shabbat service as the rabbinic intern at BCC on May 12, 2012, she delivered a powerful sermon: an affirmation of equality and inclusion in the Reform Movement. Click here to watch her sermon.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, explored issues of conversion and Jewish identity during the discussion “The Conversion Conundrum: Jewish Status and Jewish Law” at Congregation Rodeph Shalom on May 23.
Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible, presented “Five Biblical Scrolls and the Journeys of Our Lives” at Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth, TX, on May 22.
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, will present “Compassion: An Urgent Global Imperative” on May 30 at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, which is taking place in Doha, Qatar. Click here for further information. Rabbi Firestone will speak at the International Conference of Christians and Jews and as the featured speaker in their new International Abrahamic Forum, focusing on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, in July in Manchester, England. Click here for further information. Rabbi Firestone will teach at Geiger College and the University of Potsdam as the Visiting Professor of Jewish and Islamic Studies for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Midrash, will lead a study session with Professor Sabine Bieberstein on Luke during the German Catholic rally in Manheim. Click here for further information.
Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History, will speak at the University of Zurich on "Annäherung an eine pluralistische jüdisch-religiöse Erziehung aus liberaler Perspektive" within the framework of a conference on "Pluralism Within Judaism" on June 12.
Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman, MARE, Coordinator of the Certificate in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Young Adults, presented “Professionalizing The Youth Professional” as part of the Reform Youth Professionals’ Association webinar series on May 23. Click here for further information.
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