Rejoicing in Torah This Simchat Torah: A Message from Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D. - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Rejoicing in Torah This Simchat Torah: A Message from Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D.

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Dear Friends,


As the fall festivals move toward the climax of Simchat Torah, we share with you the latest news on how our students and alumni enact the core values of social justice every day. We invite you to read, enjoy, and share these examples of celebrating and living Torah.  

We would be delighted to hear from you about the young leaders you have helped to train and grow so that we can get them involved in our work. Whether they be possible attendees for our high school or college events or candidates for our academic programs, we look forward to seeing your best and brightest stars. 

In case you missed it, please read my piece in The Jerusalem PostRadical Innovation and the Jewish Future

For resources and more on Simchat Torah and Shmini Atzeret, please visit and view the Simchat Torah Social Justice Guide.

May this be a time of great joy,


Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D.

National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and President’s Scholar

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion


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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.