Faculty Provide Insight and Support to Communities Across the World
HUC-JIR faculty have been providing expertise, resources, and insights to communities across the globe.
In our new series HUC Connect: Inside Israel, HUC-JIR faculty members bring you inside Israel from our Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem to share their expertise and add context to the ongoing crisis. Each guest delves into conversations about trauma and grief, preparing for times of crisis, and their own personal experiences during the Israel-Hamas war. The interviews will be available to listen to through the College Commons Podcast and will be available for viewing on HUC Connect On Demand.
Rabbi Naamah Kelman and her husband, Dr. Elan Ezrachi, hosted the “Reports from Israel’s Home Front” series on November 2, 9, 16, and 30 with the guests who spoke about their actionable contributions in politics, coexistence movements, trauma support, and more. Guests included Jerusalem City Councilwoman Laura Warton, a representative of the Brothers in Arms protest organization, Rabbi Leora Ezrachi-Vered ’17, Rabbi Oded Mazor ’09, and Devora Rosner Wachs, a clinical psychologist and trauma expert.
Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Ph.D., Head of Education and Professional Development Department, has been a leader in the protests for democracy. After October 7, she led the efforts in shifting their organized networks to help meet basic needs, creating the Jerusalem Civilian Command Center. The JCCC provides food, clothing, and other supplies to many of the tens of thousands of people who have fled their homes near Gaza and the far north. She spoke about her important work at an event hosted by Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe ’07 and Rabbi Leora Londy ’02 of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester on October 26.
Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, was joined by Rabbi Rebecca Milder ’07, Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal, and Joshua Holo, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Resources for a HUC Connect Webinar discussing how to support Jewish children and families, review best practices, and discuss the ways in which Jewish institutions and organizations are contributing to these efforts.
The Temple in Atlanta offered a conversation between Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Former Dean of our Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem, and Rabbi Peter Berg ’98 on October 20 during a Friday Evening Shabbat Worship service to bring a voice of Reform rabbis in Israel that is often not heard in the US.
The conversation begins at 53:30 in the recording.
Miriam Heller Stern, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Educational Strategy, Director of the School of Education, and Associate Professor, taught a session for the URJ North American Board on October 29 emphasizing three core Jewish sensibilities that undergird our resilience and creativity as a people during these trying moments in our history: Lech Lecha/Be Bold; Shabbat/Sacred Pause; and Yesh Tikvah/Affirming Hope.