Rabbi Aaron Panken

‘Creative Outreach’ A Priority For New HUC Head

Rabbi Aaron Panken takes over Reform seminary at pivotal moment.

08/07/2013
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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 Panken: “We have to show up in the places where young people are.”

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
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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
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