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The Hebrew Union College- Jewish
Jewish
Institute of Religion (also known as HUC, HUC-JIR, and The College-Institute) is the oldest extant Jewish seminary in the Americas,[1] and the main seminary for training rabbis, cantors, educators and communal workers in Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR has campuses in Cincinnati, Ohio, New York City, Los Angeles, California and Jerusalem. The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
campus is the only seminary in Israel
Israel
for training Reform Jewish
Jewish
clergy.

Contents

1 History 2 The Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman
School of Sacred Music 3 Gender equality 4 Transgender
Transgender
and intersex equality 5 Resources 6 Museum 7 Notable faculty 8 Notable alumni 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit]

HUC Greenwich Village, New York

HUC was founded in 1875 under the leadership of Rabbi
Rabbi
Isaac Mayer Wise in Cincinnati.[2] The first rabbinical class graduated in 1883.[3] The graduation banquet for this class became known as the Trefa Banquet because it included food that was not kosher, such as clams, soft-shell crabs, shrimp, frogs' legs and dairy products served immediately after meat. At the time, Reform rabbis were split over the question of whether the Jewish
Jewish
dietary restrictions were still applicable. Some of the more traditionalist Reform rabbis thought the banquet menu went too far, and were compelled to find an alternative between Reform Judaism
Reform Judaism
and Orthodox Judaism. This was a major cause of the founding of American Conservative Judaism.[3] In 1950, a second HUC campus was created in New York through a merger with the rival Reform Jewish
Jewish
Institute of Religion. Additional campuses were added in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1954, and in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
in 1963.[4] As of 2009, the Hebrew Union College- Jewish
Jewish
Institute of Religion is an international seminary and university of graduate studies offering a wide variety of academic and professional programs. In addition to its Rabbinical School, the College-Institute includes Schools of Graduate Studies, Education, Jewish
Jewish
Non-Profit Management, sacred music, Biblical archaeology
Biblical archaeology
and an Israeli rabbinical program.[5] The Los Angeles
Los Angeles
campus operates many of its programs and degrees in cooperation with the neighboring University of Southern California, a partnership that has lasted over 35 years.[6] Their productive relationship includes the creation of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, an interfaith think tank through the partnership of HUC, USC and Omar Foundation. CMJE[7] holds religious text-study programs across Los Angeles. Ironically, no classrooms on this campus have windows.[citation needed] Rabbi
Rabbi
Alfred Gottschalk was appointed as HUC's sixth president, following the death of Nelson Glueck. As president, Gottschalk oversaw the growth and expansion of the HUC campuses, the ordination of Sally Priesand as the first female rabbi in the United States, the investiture of Reform Judaism's first female hazzan and the ordination of Naamah Kelman as the first female rabbi to be ordained in Israel.[8] In 1996, Rabbi
Rabbi
Sheldon Zimmerman was appointed as the 7th President of the College-Institute. He was succeeded in 2000 by Rabbi
Rabbi
David Ellenson. The current President of the College-Institute is Rabbi Aaron Panken. The Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman
School of Sacred Music[edit] The cantorial school of the Hebrew Union College- Jewish
Jewish
Institute of Religion was founded in 1947. The school is located on the New York campus of HUC-JIR at One West Fourth Street. It offers a five-year graduate program, conferring the degree of Master of Sacred Music in the fourth year and ordination as cantor in the fifth year. Cantorial School at HUC-JIR begins in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and continues for the next four years in New York. While in Israel, students study Hebrew, and Jewish
Jewish
music, and get to know Israel. Cantorial students study alongside Rabbinical and Education students. In New York, the program includes professional learning opportunities as a student-cantor, in which students serve congregations within and outside of the NY area. The curriculum includes liturgical music classes covering traditional Shabbat, High Holiday and Festival nusach, Chorus, Musicology, Reform Liturgy and Composition; Judaica and text classes such as Bible, Midrash and History; and professional development. Each student is assigned practica (mini-recitals) during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of school culminating with a Senior Recital (based on a thesis) during the 5th year. Rabbi
Rabbi
David Ellenson, then President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, announced on January 27, 2011 that the School of Sacred Music would be renamed the Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman
School of Sacred Music in honor of Debbie Friedman. The renaming officially occurred on December 7, 2011.[9][10] Gender equality[edit] HUC has both male and female students in all its programs, including rabbinic and cantorial studies. Since its founding, the College-Institute has ordained over 2,800 rabbis and over 400 cantors. As of 2007, 520 ordained rabbis and 179 invested cantors have been women.[11] (See Women and the rabbinical credential). The first female rabbi to be ordained by HUC was Sally Priesand, ordained in 1972, the only woman in a class with 35 men.[12] The first female cantor to be invested by HUC was Barbara Ostfeld-Horowitz in 1975.[13] After four years of deliberation, HUC decided to give women a choice of wording on their ordination certificates beginning in 2016, including the option to have the same wording as men.[14] Up until then, male candidates' certificates identified them by the Reform movement’s traditional "morenu harav," or "our teacher the rabbi," while female candidates' certificates only used the term "rav u’morah," or "rabbi and teacher." Sally Preisand herself was unaware that her certificate referred to her any differently than her male colleagues until it was brought to her attention years later. Rabbi Mary Zamore, executive director of the Reform movement’s Women's Rabbinic Network, explained that the HUC was uncomfortable with giving women the same title as men. In 2012 she wrote to Rabbi
Rabbi
David Ellenson, HUC’s then president, requesting that he address the discrepancy, which she said was "smacking of gender inequality."[14] Transgender
Transgender
and intersex equality[edit] In 2002 at HUC in New York the Reform rabbi Margaret Wenig organized the first school-wide seminar at any rabbinical school which addressed the psychological, legal, and religious issues affecting people who are intersex or transsexual.[15] Reuben Zellman became the first openly transgender person accepted to HUC in 2003; he was ordained by HUC in 2010.[16][17][18] Elliot Kukla, who came out as transgender six months before his ordination in 2006, was the first openly transgender person to be ordained by HUC.[19] Resources[edit] The HUC library system contains one of the most extensive Jewish collections in the world. Each campus has its own library:

Klau Library in Cincinnati, the main research library. This library is the second-largest collection of printed Jewish
Jewish
material in the world (the National Library of Israel
Israel
in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
is the first). The library states it has 700,000 volumes, including 150 incunabula and over 2,000 manuscript codices.[20] Klau Library in New York—130,000 volumes. S. Zalman and Ayala Abramov Library in Jerusalem—100,000 volumes. Frances-Henry Library in Los Angeles—100,000 volumes.

The three U.S. campuses share a catalog, but the Jerusalem
Jerusalem
collection is separately cataloged. Museum[edit] The HUC-JIR Museum at the New York campus presents exhibitions highlighting Jewish
Jewish
history, culture, and contemporary creativity.[21] Since its founding in 1983 as the Joseph Gallery, the HUC-JIR Museum has grown physically to encompass 5,000 square feet (460 m2) of exhibition space, expanding to include the Petrie Great Hall, Klingenstein Gallery, Heller Gallery and Backman Gallery. Amongst the exhibitions presented to date, the Museum has mounted seminal shows for emerging artists, surveys of leading mid-career and elder artists; cutting-edge exhibitions illuminating Jewish
Jewish
issues, including contemporary artistic responses to the Holocaust, the history of African-American and Jewish
Jewish
relations since 1654 to the present, the impact of family violence on the works of contemporary Israeli and American women artists, and the current situation in Israel
Israel
and contemporary Israeli identity; landmark exhibitions establishing new directions for contemporary Jewish
Jewish
ceremonial art; group exhibitions reflecting new interpretations of Biblical text; and exhibitions of significant private collections, reflecting Jewish
Jewish
identity and consciousness, which have advanced the definition of Jewish
Jewish
art in the 20th century. Laura Kruger is the Curator of Museum Exhibition at the HUC-JIR Museum. The Hebrew Union College- Jewish
Jewish
Institute of Religion also manages the Skirball Cultural Center
Skirball Cultural Center
in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and Skirball Museum in Jerusalem. Notable faculty[edit] Notable faculty members have included Judah Magnes, who was also the founding chancellor and president of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rabbi
Rabbi
Abraham Cronbach, Rabbi
Rabbi
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Nelson Glueck, Moses Buttenweiser, Eugene Borowitz, Jacob Z. Lauterbach, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Steven M. Cohen, Moses Mielziner, Rabbi
Rabbi
Alvin J. Reines, Debbie Friedman, and Rabbi
Rabbi
Carole B. Balin.[22] Notable alumni[edit]

Cody Bahir, scholar of Jewish
Jewish
and Chinese Mysticism[23] Carole B. Balin, M.A. Hebrew letters, 1989; rabbinic ordination, 1991 Reeve Robert Brenner Angela Warnick Buchdahl, first Asian-American to be ordained as a rabbi, and the first Asian-American to be ordained as a hazzan (cantor) in the world[24][25][26][27] Abraham Cronbach Maurice Davis Ammiel Hirsch, rabbi, lawyer, and former executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America/World Union for Progressive Judaism, North America[28] Jay Holstein, notable Professor from University of Iowa Joseph Krauskopf, founder of the National Farm School (now Delaware Valley University).[29] Elliot Kukla, came out as transgender six months before his ordination in 2006, and was the first openly transgender person to be ordained by HUC-JIR[19] Ruth Langer, Professor of Theology at Boston College Helen Levinthal, first American woman to complete the entire course of study in a rabbinical school Jack P. Lewis,[30] professor in Harding School of Theology (Enrollment in Hebrew Union College is open to non-Jews.) Jennie Mannheimer, speech and drama teacher, elocutionist Jacqueline Mates-Muchin, first Chinese-American rabbi in the world Sally Priesand, America's first female rabbi ordained by a rabbinical seminary, and the second formally ordained female rabbi in Jewish history, after Regina Jonas[31][32] Cantor Charles Romalis, first and only Cantor of Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne, NJ (1965–present)[citation needed] Jonathan Rosenbaum, scholar A. James Rudin Norbert M. Samuelson, professor of Jewish
Jewish
philosophy at Arizona State University Rabbi
Rabbi
Julie Schwartz, who was ordained by HUC-JIR and later founded HUC-JIR’s course of study in pastoral counseling for rabbinical students Seymour Schwartzman, opera singer and cantor Alysa Stanton, world's first black female rabbi Lance J. Sussman, scholar David Williams, director of the University of Georgia
University of Georgia
Honors Program[citation needed] Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism Rabbi
Rabbi
Dr. Walter Zanger, tour guide and television personality Reuben Zellman, first openly transgender person accepted to HUC-JIR in 2003; he was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2010[16][17][18]

See also[edit]

Rabbinic cabinet

References[edit]

^ Sussman, Lance (2005). "The Myth of the Trefa Banquet: American Culinary Culture and the Radicalization of Food Policy in American Reform Judaism". The American Jewish
Jewish
Archives Journal. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College- Jewish
Jewish
Institute of Religion. 57 (1–2): 29–52. ISSN 0002-905X. Retrieved April 4, 2010.  ^ Grace, Kevin (Jan 4, 2012). "Legendary Locals of Cincinnati". Arcadia Publishing. p. 31. Retrieved 2013-05-07.  ^ a b " Jewish
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Life in America".  ^ "Hebrew Union College History". Archived from the original on 2007-02-05.  ^ "Hebrew Union College Academics". Archived from the original on 2007-02-07.  ^ "Hebrew Union College: University of Southern California". Archived from the original on 2006-09-04.  ^ "CMJE - CMJE". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20.  ^ Martin, Douglas. "Alfred Gottschalk, 79, Scholar of Reform Judaism, Is Dead", The New York Times, September 15, 2009. Accessed September 16, 2009. ^ " Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman
School of Sacred Music Renaming at HUC-JIR/New York".  ^ "Hebrew Union College- Jewish
Jewish
Institute of Religion Dedicates Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16.  ^ "Hebrew Union College Statistics". Archived from the original on 2007-02-05.  ^ "Sally Jane Priesand - Jewish
Jewish
Women's Archive".  ^ "Cantors: American Jewish
Jewish
Women - Jewish
Jewish
Women's Archive".  ^ a b Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis JTA, May 31, 2016 ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-07-05.  ^ a b " Transgender
Transgender
Jews Now Out of Closet, Seeking Communal Recognition".  ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2013-09-09.  ^ a b " Rabbi
Rabbi
Zellman - bethelberkeley.org".  ^ a b " Transgender
Transgender
Jews Now Out of Closet, Seeking Communal Recognition".  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2012-01-08.  ^ HUC-JIR Museum in New York, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, retrieved 2014-07-21  ^ " Carole B. Balin (curriculum vitae)" (PDF). Hebrew Union College. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2016.  ^ "Cody Bahir - Universiteit Leiden - Academia.edu".  ^ ""Troublemaker" Women Honored, Receive Ivy auburn". Auburnseminary.org. 2009-08-22. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2012-02-09.  ^ "This Week in History - Angela Warnick Buchdahl invested as first Asian-American cantor Jewish
Jewish
Women's Archive". Jwa.org. 1999-05-16. Retrieved 2012-02-09.  ^ "Women's History Month: Unique Rabbi-Cantor Follows Her Own Melody".  ^ "Angela Buchdahl". Finding Your Roots.  ^ "Our Clergy: Ammiel Hirsch, Senior Rabbi". Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.  ^ " Joseph Krauskopf Memorial Library". www.delval.edu.  ^ "DR".  ^ "America's First Female Rabbi
Rabbi
Reflects on Four Decades Since Ordination".  ^ "Newspaper clipping highlights one of world's first female rabbis - Special
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