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Friday, October 19, 2012

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Professor of Jewish History, will be the Scholar-in-Residence at Larchmont Temple in November in conjunction with the museum exhibition, "Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age," which she co-curated and which is a project of Moving Traditions and the National Museum of American Jewish History.  Click here to learn more.

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, recently wrote "Is 'Jihadism' as a New Religious Movement?" in The Cambridge Companion to New Religious Movements, edited by Olav Hammer and Mikael Rothstein and published by Cambridge University Press.  It is an in-depth study of the new phenomenon of extremely violent international Islamic movements that are commonly referred to as "Jihadism."  Click here to learn more.

Bruce A. Phillips, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Communal Service, will lead the inaugural Jewish-Muslim Cultural Tour of Los Angeles on October 21, 2012.  Dr. Phillips will be part of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture Interdisciplinary Research Group’s new working group on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics in southern California. Click here to learn more.

Cantor Bruce Ruben, Ph.D., Director, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, is receiving an Honorary Doctor of Music from The Jewish Theological Seminary at Convocation on October 29, 2012.

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.