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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, with Israel Rabbinical Program students on the Jerusalem campus.

Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Provost, and Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, will host and present at special session of the GA on HUC-JIR’s Jerusalem campus on Tuesday morning, November 12, 2013, as part of the GA’s Jerusalem Experience Learning Institutes designed on the theme of Jewish diversity.  

GA delegates will participate in “In the Footsteps of Pluralism: The Story of HUC 1959 to the Present” – a guided tour of the campus and its history. 

Dr. Marmur will lead a text study session on "What Do We Mean When We Say Tradition?" Using a variety of sources, he will explore possible meanings of the Hebrew term "masoret" and the broad concept of Tradition, suggesting that there are radically different ways of understanding the term and what it stands for. He will touch upon the work of HUC-JIR in opening up different ways of interpreting and continuing Jewish tradition, paying particular attention to the Israeli scene.

Rabbi Naamah Kelman will lead a hevruta and beit midrash style study session on "Pluralism begins with Creation,” focusing on the different text sources (in Hebrew and English) on the Creation of the world from the Bible until today. She will explore how our texts and sites provide a landscape and deep rooted sources for the study of diversity and pluralism in our tradition. Both our tradition and our present tell this story so critical to the present and future of our people.

The annual General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America will take place November 10th-12th, 2013 in Jerusalem. The GA is an opportunity for Israeli nonprofit professionals and activists to connect with the top leadership of the North American Jewish community and to help shape the communal conversation. From provocative talks to innovative session formats, this year’s GA is designed to encourage an active exchange of ideas about the pressing issues affecting Israel and its relationship with world Jewry. We are proud to share that Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has been selected as one of ten premiere institutes of Jewish learning in Jerusalem that will host GA participants for a morning of study with our faculty and students. We would love to see you in Jerusalem for the GA. Click here to register online.












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.