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Join us for four stimulating lecture series with social and cultural influencers:

Arts and Culture: Experience the impact of Jewish material culture through the creativity of artists, composers, poets, architects, and writers who illuminate our Jewish heritage.

Civil Society: The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture Series: Probe the pressing concerns of our civic life today, including race and identity, elections, prison reform, and religious voices on social justice issues.

(Re)Defining Allyship: Uncover the steps to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, women, and Jews of color, while confronting the hard work we must face to move forward.

Religion: Explore the shared roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity and develop a deeper understanding to foster interreligious relations today.

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ARTS AND CULTURE

Experience the impact of Jewish material culture through the creativity of artists, composers, poets, architects, and writers who illuminate our Jewish heritage.

BREATHING THE AIR OF FREEDOM

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor and founder of the Refugee Orchestra Project
Milad Yousufi, composer

Music and social justice unite in this program that focuses on rights and support of refugees in the United States and all over the world. 

FINDING MYSELF IN MOTEL

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Adam Kantor, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor and singer

Join Adam Kantor in an exploration of his journey through Judaism as an American performer. Best known for the roles of Mark Cohen in the closing cast of Rent, Motel Kamzoil in the 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and as an original cast member in The Band's Visit, Kantor’s Jewish identity is closely connected to his voice and life on stage. 

SACRED LAND: ISRAEL BEFORE AND AFTER TIME

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Ralph Gibson, American photographer
Martin Cohen, producer
Jeremy Leigh, Coordinator of the Richard J. Scheuer Israel Seminar, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Journey through Israel’s past and present by means of Torah text, historical context, and a camera with world-renowned, surrealist photographer, Ralph Gibson.

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CIVIL SOCIETY: The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture Series

Probe the pressing concerns of our civic life today, including race and identity, elections, prison reform, and religious voices on social justice issues. 

ISRAEL, AMERICAN JEWRY, AND 45

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 3:00 pm ET

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Senior Rabbi
Steven Windmueller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Jewish Communal Service, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles; The Impact of the Presidency of Donald Trump on American Jewry and Israel, Editor
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President; moderator

HUC faculty and esteemed academics discuss the intricacies of American Jewish identity, Israel, and President Donald Trump. 

MORE THAN A MONOLITH

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Speakers: Ilana Kaufman, Jews of Color Initiative, Executive Director
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Director
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President; moderator

Experts meet at the nexus of diversity, faith, and American sociology to discuss how religious groups engage with identity and its intersection with race.  

REPARATIONS AND JEWISH THOUGHT

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Ethics Center, Emory University; Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine; Professor of Religion, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President; moderator

There is no doubt America was built by enslaved people.  Though many argue whether anything is owed to their descendants, Judaism strongly disagrees.

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(RE)DEFINING ALLYSHIP

Uncover the steps to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, women, and Jews of color, while confronting the hard work necessary we must face to move forward.

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS

Tuesday, April 26, 2022; Time to be announced shortly

Dr. Joel Kushner, Director, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health; Director, Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation; Director, Jeff Herman Virtual Resource Center for Sexual Orientation Issues in the Jewish Community, HUC/Los Angeles
Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min, MAHL, M.Phil, Dr. Paul and Trudy Steinberg Chair in Human Relations; Founding Director, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, HUC/New York

The world of LGBTQ+ rights is changing before our very eyes. What challenges do we face, and how will we rise to the occasion?

WOMEN IN THE RABBINATE

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Rabbi Sally Priesand
Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Congregation Kol-Ami

50 years after HUC-JIR ordained the first woman rabbi in America, it’s time to assess progress. What have we achieved and what remains for us to accomplish?

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RELIGION

Explore the shared roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity and develop a deeper understanding that can foster interreligious relations today.

OBLIGATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND FAITH-DRIVEN REFORM

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Sister Helen Prejean CSJ, Author and Advocate
Rabbi Hilly Haber, Director of Social Justice Organizing and Education, Central Synagogue, moderator

Witness a preeminent voice in the prison reform sector discuss how religion inspires her work. 

NATURAL MYSTICS

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Varun Soni, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
Gordon Dale, Ph.D., Inaugural Dr. Jack Gottlieb Scholar in Jewish Music Studies at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music; Assistant Professor of Jewish Musicology, HUC/New York

Discover how the lives and musical oeuvre of popular artists become synonymous with their respective faith practices, cultures, and countries.  

GRIEF, DEATH, AND MORTALITY: HONORING TRADITION AND EXPLORING NEW PERSPECTIVES

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Rabbi Elliott Dorff, Rector and Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy, American Jewish University
Rabbi Melanie Levav, Shomer Collective, Founding Executive Director 
Reverend Dr. Marcos A. Miranda, Founder and President of New York State Chaplain Task Force

What do religious traditions, including Judaism, have to say about the most pressing questions around mortality – both the eternal one and those unique to the world today.

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