The Haggadah: Old and New

The Harry G. Friedman Society and Heller Museum
cordially invite you to a special viewing 
and artists talk.

HUC-JIR Alumni Yom Iyyun


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.

How’s your Hebrew?

Did you know HUC has a Hebrew program? Join instructor Iris Cohen and Student Learning Coordinator, Lisa Ansell, for an overview of the Seminary Hebrew program. This session will cover the program timeline, curriculum, and expectations.

The Guiding Hand: The BARR Foundation Collection of Torah Pointers – Make Your Own YAD!

Join Cincinnati artist Judith Serling-Sturm for a hands-on workshop to create your own Torah pointer, or yad. Serling-Sturm, who works in her Pendelton Arts Center Studio, is a mixed-media artist and maker of artist books, handmade blank books, as well as sculpture and one-of-a-kind mezuzot made from natural elements and found objects. A mezuzah is a vessel containing a scroll that is traditionally hung on the doorpost of a Jewish home. Serling-Sturm has conducted workshops for adults and teens throughout the Cincinnati region. The workshop will include a guided tour of the exhibition.

Prooftexts and HUC Connect Present “Like a Sacrifice Ascending from the Flames”: Hadar Goldin’s Mesilat Yesharim in Israeli Religious Nationalist Thought

Mesilat Yesharim, an 18th century work of pietistic and ethical perfection, has been transformed by religious Zionists in Israel into a textual and social experience of civic as well as military duty. This webinar focuses on a contemporary commentary on the text published posthumously by Lt. Hadar Goldin, a casualty of Israel's 2014 war in the Gaza Strip. Hadar's body is being held captive by Hamas having yet to be returned to Israel for burial. Dr. Stern demonstrates how Hadar's version of Mesilat Yesharim functions as a medium through which religious Zionist communities work to balance between the religious, political, and intimately personal obligations inherent within Israeli society. In a larger sense, this webinar highlights how the study of Jewish (sacred) texts can be used as a window into better understanding the competing passions and dilemmas of everyday cultural life.