Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

The author with other members of the 2018 synagogue gala committee in 2018

My path to become a Jewish professional was circuitous, but through it, I became bat mitzvah, fulfilled my own spiritual needs, and made a difference in the world.

Paula Dwoskin Sitzer
A hand changing the last two letters of the work FAKE to the word FACT

Symposium 2, an upcoming gathering at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, will help us think through implications of today’s epistemological crises for contemporary Jews and Judaism.

Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D.
Recent HUC JIR Founders Fellows pose together

The Founders’ Fellows can teach us all about solving the problems in our own communities.

Rabbi Ana Bonnheim
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z'l, speaking and the 2017 URJ Biennial convention

We don’t often think about how our synagogue leaders stay fueled and energized – especially if they themselves are sad and grieving – to take such good care of us.

Margie Freedberg Bogdanow
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z'l, speaking and the 2017 URJ Biennial convention

In the absence of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z’l, whose life ended tragically and much too soon, may we take comfort in reading his words of Torah.

URJ Staff
Rabbi David Ellenson holding the face of Rabbi Aaron Panken as he passes on the presidency of Hebrew Union College at Rabbi Pankens 2014 installation

Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D, was interviewed by the editors of Reform Judaism magazine on the occasion of his assuming the presidency of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on January 1, 2014.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Group photo of students and faculty in the courtyard of HUC-JIR in Jerusalem

As Reform leaders, your perspectives are important to us. Take this survey to help Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion plan for its future.

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D.
Author Rabbi Billy Dreskin and his mentee Rabbi Jason Fenster smiling with their arms around one another in celebration of Rabbi Fensters ordination

When an intern leaves us, we miss them but we can’t wait to meet the next one, to welcome them in, and to let them know, again and again, “You’ve got this!”

Rabbi Billy Dreskin

Rabbi Sally Priesand, North America’s first female rabbi, spoke to the Canadian Jewish News about pursuing her dream and how Jewish feminism has evolved.

Sheri Shefa (CJN)

Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, N.J., announced that synagogue member and Fanwood resident Michelle Shapiro Abraham received