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Join Us on Yom Kippur Afternoon for
the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z"l, Memorial Shiur 

Panken Professors

At Hebrew Union College, we are proud to partner with Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to share a Yom Kippur afternoon of learning, prayer, and inspiration. WRT's Rabbi Jonathan Blake and WRT's Emeritus Rabbi and URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs have organized an incredible program highlighting four distinguished scholars who were inaugurated last year as Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's (HUC) Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professors. Each of these brilliant Professors will offer a contribution to the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z”l, Memorial Shiur:

  • Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Rabbinics, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles, teaching Jonah;
  • Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History, New York, on the Eileh Ezkra (Martyrology) prayers;
  • Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of History, Cincinnati, on Unetaneh Tokef; and 
  • Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Liturgy and Midrash, Taube Family Campus, Jerusalem, who will teach about “The Emergence of Yom Kippur, or: Who Invented Yom Kippur and Why?”

Together, they will give honor to Aaron’s memory, lift up the themes of the Day of Atonement, and help us all draw near to one another and to the Jewish tradition, during an extraordinary time of challenge and change in American Jewish life.


Individuals may register to attend the entire program on Yom Kippur (September 28 at 3:30 PM ET) through the WRT livestream here.

Alumni: Videos of the individual lessons of the HUC Panken Professors and the entirety of their presentations will be available about two weeks before Yom Kippur for congregations and organizations to download and make available on Yom Kippur afternoon to their communities. Register your community here.


Please contact Rabbi Elliott Kleinman, RJE: ekleinman@huc.edu

"Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z”l, our friend, teacher, and rabbi, was the ninth President of HUC-JIR. The Panken-Messinger family have called WRT their spiritual home for decades. Rabbi Panken also served as a Rabbinic Intern at WRT under the leadership of Rabbi Jack Stern, Jr., z”l. Rabbi Panken’s warm and loving presence at WRT, both as teacher and congregant, and especially his memorable teachings on Yom Kippur, are deeply missed." - Rabbi Jonathan Blake

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