Posts Tagged: HUC-JIR

The Odd Couple: Reform Judaism and Zionism



by Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D. Making sweeping historical generalizations is easy. Lots of people make them, even the best of historians. Broad statements can be a “necessary evil” when one is faced with limited time or space to make an historical point. But generalities can easily mutate into over-simplifications that ultimately obscure – if […]

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Which Intensive Programming Tracks Will You Choose at the URJ Biennial?



Whether you’re a URJ Biennial veteran or this will be your first time attending, we can’t wait to see you in Orlando this November! Together, we’ll experience the best and biggest Reform Jewish gathering ever – the rousing song sessions, joyous Shabbat worship, incredible ruach, inspiring entertainment and musical performances, occasions to network with Reform […]

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How Our Teens Built an Active Presence at Our Temple



by Kara Liu Youth engagement is about more than just teens. Rather, effective youth engagement is a whole organism made up of parents, leaders, and the young people themselves. That’s the main takeaway from my experience at a recent day of professional development at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, organized by […]

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Unpacking the URJ Biennial



by Jaclyn Cohen Wow. That’s not a word I use often enough. But I will use it to describe the past four days, which I spent in San Diego along with about 5,000 others at the Union for Reform Judaism‘s 2013 Biennial. Every two years, the URJ gathers together thousands of Reform Jews – lay […]

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Are You Ready for Biennial Shabbat?



From Friday night song session to diverse, creative options for worship and learning, Shabbat at the URJ Biennial will feature something for everyone. Friday Night Shabbat Services First bring a little bit of the Tel Aviv pier to San Diego and prepare for Shabbat with the innovative leaders of Beit Tefilah Israeli, who bring Kabbalat […]

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the web that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church,” CNN’s Belief Blog Christian author Rachel Held Evans writes of young Christians like […]

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HUC-JIR Names its Next President



Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion announced today that Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., will become the 12th president of HUC-JIR, in an appointment effective January 1, 2014. He will succeed Rabbi David Ellenson (2001-2013), who will become chancellor. A press release announcing Rabbi Panken’s election reads, in part: As HUC-JIR President, Dr. Panken will […]

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Meet Your Future Rabbi



by Nechama Namal When my husband and I made aliyah, we set a goal of finding ways to be a bridge between the American Reform movement and the community in Israel. This has led to some of our most meaningful experiences in Israel. Last June, we went to Shabbat dinner at the home of a […]

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What’s New with the Campaign for Youth Engagement?



I just returned from two weeks in Israel focusing on the intersection of Israel and youth engagement… and eating lots of delicious hummus! A dynamic connection to Israel is a critical strategy in all our youth engagement work. One of the key Israel intersections occurs at the URJ camps. URJ camps host more than 200 […]

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Then & Now: The Evolution of the Jewish Youth Professional



by Hope Chernak I’ve spent the last four days at my eighth NFTY Convention/Youth Professional Conference (now known as the Youth Engagement Conference), and I can’t help but reflect on events past. In 1999, there were 13 of us full-time “youth workers.” We came from all over the United States, and this was the first […]

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Be the Change You Want to See in the World



 by Rabbi Jerome K. Davidson Affiliation with the traditional institutions of Judaism, the denominational synagogue in particular, is under siege.  According to studies by HUC-JIR Professor Steven M. Cohen, the under-40 generation characterizes the synagogues of their parents in a highly critical “ABCD Fashion”:  Alien to their 20’s and 30’s world;  Bland and Boring, filled […]

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Letter from Jerusalem: Reflections of a First-Year Rabbinic Student



By Eric L. Abbott Not too long ago, I was asked by the rabbi of my home congregation, Rabbi Peter Stein, to write about my experiences in Israel and at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion so far. I agreed, figuring it would be a fairly easy thing to do. In reality, this has turned […]

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I’m On My Way to Israel



In just a few hours, I will be leaving for Israel. As rockets continue to fall on Southern Israel, and as Hamas is targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, I believe it is critical that, on behalf of our entire Movement, I demonstrate our solidarity with, and commitment to, the people of Israel. I realize, of […]

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A Letter from Jerusalem from HUC’s Rabbi David Ellenson



by Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D I write these words from Jerusalem, Israel. I am here with my wife Jackie, in a city very close to our hearts and in a country we regard as dearly as our own. It has been a week filled with events promising a great future for Israel set against events […]

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