HUC-JIR Alumni
Yom Iyyun

A day of intensive learning.

Date: Monday, April 15, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm EST
Location: HUC-JIR NY Campus
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Alumni from all of HUC-JIR’s programs and campuses are invited! Consider new ideas and texts, deepen your knowledge of Torah and Jewish wisdom, study with gifted teachers, explore HUC-JIR’s new curricula, and reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

The morning will be devoted to “core courses” involving havruta study and small group discussion, inspired by HUC-JIR’s new rabbinical curriculum. Participants are encouraged to attend with a havruta of their choosing –bring a friend! – or find a new study partner the day of.

This is part of an alumni engagement series, planned in partnership with the Alumni Leadership Council chair, Rabbi Daniel Kirzane ’14, MARE ’12.

Time (EST)Item
9:00 - 10:00Welcome / Registration (with light breakfast)
9:45 - 10:00Introduction to the Day
10:00 - 11:00Shacharit (with D’var Torah by TBD)
11:15 - 12:45Core Course: Beit Midrash* (2 Tracks; select 1)
  • Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D. ’10
    Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History
    Topic: Reflections on the Possibility of Forgiveness
  • Alyssa M. Gray, J.D., Ph.D
    Professor of Codes & Responsa Literature
    Topic: Let Freedom Ring…and its limitations
1:00 - 2:00Lunch (including brief presentation about HUC-JIR Curricular Innovations)
2:00 - 3:00Core Course: Shiur*
  • Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D. ’10
  • Alyssa M. Gray, J.D., Ph.D.
3:15 - 4:30Elective Session 1* (attendees select one)
  • Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman ’69, Ph.D. ’73
    The Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor Emeritus of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual
    Topic: Worship and Jewish Theology
  • Rabbi Wendy Zierler, Ph.D
    Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies
    Topic: Jewish Children’s Literature
4:45 - 5:45Elective Session 2* (attendees select one)
  • Gordon Dale, Ph.D.
    Dr. Jack Gottlieb Scholar in Jewish Music Studies; Assistant Professor of Jewish Musicology
    Topic: Nigunim and the Pursuits of the Soul
  • Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener ’90, D.Min ’94
    Director, HUC-JIR's Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling:
    Topic: A Listening Heart?
5:45 - 6:45Dinner on Campus
7:00 - 8:30Dialogue: Israel Studies and Israel on Campus after October 7
Prof. Lihi Ben-Shitrit, Henry Taub Associate Professor of Israel Studies at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the director of the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University, and an expert on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East.
in conversation with
Rabbi Lisa Grant, Ph.D., Director of the New York Rabbinical Program; Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish Education
Dessert following

* Please select your preferred session option during registration.


First Impressions book cover artCelebrate the publication of First Impressions: Sefer Hasidim and Early Modern Jewish Printing by Joseph A. Skloot, Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History. This monograph is one of the first to consider the precise ways in which printing shaped the production of Hebrew books and the transmission of Jewish knowledge. Its intensive engagement with Hebrew sources and wide-ranging consideration of their implication for Jewish studies and thought is emblematic of the depth and breadth we hope to cultivate in HUC-JIR’s academic programs.


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Program Fee: $72 (meals provided)
Participants will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodations (if needed). Register by April 9, 2024.

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