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The 2013-14 Spiegel Seminar on Jewish Family Values

The topic of this year’s Spiegel Seminar on Jewish Family Values is “I Thought You were Fine: Mental Health Myths and Misconceptions.” Founded by alumna Marty Spiegel, the annual multi-session Spiegel Seminar is sponsored by the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. Over the course of the year, students will hear from speakers about their personal experiences with various types of mental health issues and discuss ways they, as Jewish professionals, can be better informed and prepared to address these in their careers, communities and organizations.

2013-14 SJNM Leadership Circle Salon Series
“Passion and Power: Jews in American Politics”

The 2013-14 Leadership Circle Salon Series on “Passion and Power: Jews in American Politics” features political analysts and politicians discussing the impact of Jewish values in the public square, moderated by Dr. Steven Windmueller, former Dean of the HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus and former Director of the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. The first session on “Jewish Political Power Under Pressure” featured Dr. Raphael (Raphe) Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, and Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

The next session on March 26th will feature prominent LA politicians Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney, and Jan Perry, interim General Manager of the LA City Economic and Workforce Development Department discussing “Jewish Seykhl in American Politics: The Evolution of Political Leadership”.

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2012-13 Spiegel Seminar

The topic of this year’s Spiegel Seminar on Stigmatized Behavior is “But I Thought You Were Fine: Getting a Grip on Mental Health.” Founded by alumna Marty Spiegel, the annual multi-session Spiegel Seminar is co-sponsored by the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. Over the course of the year, students will hear from speakers about their personal experiences with various types of mental health issues and discuss ways we, as Jewish professionals, can be better informed and prepared to address these in our own careers, communities and organizations.
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About Our Name

In December 2010, the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service became the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. The name was chosen after months… actually a couple of years… of discussion and deliberation. As Richard Siegel, the current director of the school, observed in a recent issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service: “Part of the role of a school that educates Jewish professional leaders is to define the conceptual network in which the graduates will be entering. We believe that in its broadest reaches this network is the nonprofit sector, which aligns the school with those who seek the public good and the betterment of civil society. Within that sector, we have a special responsibility, a scared task to bring the values and wisdom of Jewish history, tradition, and culture to enrich the Jewish experience and improve the societies in which we work.”
Debbie Friedman

In Memory of Debbie Friedman – “Shalom Aleichem

During the 2010 Summer Session, Debbie Friedman spoke with the SJNM students as part of our series on “Presenting Culture: (In)Forming Jewish Identity.” As she was wrapping up her session, she was asked what she was working on, and she said that she had just written a new melody for “Shalom Aleichem.” We asked if she could give us a preview, and of course she obliged. One of our students, Hannah Rubin-Schlansky, fortuitously recorded it on her IPhone (see link below).

One note. She changed the last verse from “Tsayt-chem l’shalom” (Go in Peace) to “Shuv-chem l’shalom” (Return in Peace) and made a point of asking us to make that substitution when we sing her melody. She wanted to make sure that the angels knew that we wanted them to come back to us. Perhaps as we sing this, her spirit will come back to us, as well. May her memory be a blessing. Click here for the recording.