HUC-JIR

Gerald Bubis, Jewish Communal Service Pioneer, Dies At 91

08/25/2015

Los Angeles — Gerald Bubis, who pioneered and shaped the field of Jewish communal service and was a passionate champion of a progressive Israel, has died.

Hebrew Union College Going Green

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

Liz Piper-Goldberg, fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has been passionate about the environment since grade school. As a teenager, she encouraged members of her community to stop using incandescent light bulbs. For Piper-Goldberg, it was like a light bulb went off — a compact fluorescent light bulb, that is.

Vladimir Lapin, left, Rayna Green, Lilah Sugarman, Elana Rosen-Brown, Liz Piper-Goldberg, Rachel Rhodes and Danny Moss.

Panken Stressing ‘Creative Outreach’

Tech-savvy rabbi says Reform movement and its 900 congregations are strong, but must meet young people where they are.
08/01/2013
Managing Editor

Rabbi Aaron Panken, 49, the newly tapped president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, likes to mention that he was trained as an electrical engineer and is an amateur pilot. It’s his way of saying he’s tech-savvy, a focus he’s likely to bring to the job as he takes over the Reform seminary at a time of great educational change.

Rabbi Aaron Panken

HUC-JIRs Rabbi David Ellenson To Retire

01/17/2013
Staff Writer

Rabbi David Ellenson, the president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for more than a decade, will step down from his position as head of the institution that includes the Reform movement’s rabbinical, cantorial and other schools in 2014.

Rabbi David Ellenson

Beyond Kvetch, Kvell: A New Lexicon

Professor launches web-based dictionary, invites entries from everybody.
11/20/2012
Staff Writer

From alte kaker, or old man in Yiddish, to zatar, an Israeli spice, Americans’ Jewish identity has long flavored their English.

Now a professor has harnessed the Internet to collect those heimish (cozy and warm) expressions that have made their way into the vernacular from sources including, but not limited to, Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew.

Sarah Benor is the professor behind the Jewish English Lexicon. Bill Aron

Nurturing Rabbis To Pursue Activism

Rabbis for Human Rights launches summer social-justice fellowship for diverse group of seminarians.
07/24/2012
Staff Writer

Knocking on strangers’ doors is never easy. That’s especially true when the knocker, a young cantor, finds her Hebrew getting tangled up with her Spanish. Which in turn makes it harder to persuade public housing residents — already weary of theft in their hallways and police at their peepholes — to open up.

Elana Rosen-Brown, a Reform rabbinical student, is spending much of her summer knocking on doors in East Harlem,michael datikash

Rabbinic Leadership in the 21st Century

What Really Matters to the People We Serve?
05/17/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Since assuming the presidency of the Rabbinical Assembly almost two weeks ago, and for some weeks before then, people have been asking me exactly what it is that the Rabbinical Assembly does, and by extension, what the president does.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center, and president of the Rabbinical Assembly.
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