Say Happy New Year with a Free E-Card:The Union for Reform Judaism now offers electronic Rosh Hashanah cards—customizable with personal messages, a recipe, a song, and/or a cooking video— for all Reform congregations and their members. Email cards to family, friends, and colleagues.
New School of Jewish Nonprofit Management:HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Communal Service, run in partnership with the University of Southern California (USC), has been renamed the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (SJNM) in response to the increasing professionalization of this field. SJNM students receive an education in nonprofit management grounded in Jewish history and values.
Reform Historian Joins U.S. Presidential Commission: President Barack Obama has nominated Dr. Gary P. Zola, the executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR, as a member of a key U.S. Administration post: the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. The Commission, an independent U.S. government agency, identifies and reports on cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe associated with U.S. citizens; and helps to obtain assurances from governments that the properties will be protected and preserved.
Although HUC-JIR presidents have been selected for special assignments by U.S. presidents (Rabbi Stephen S. Wise was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Advisory Commission on Political Refugees, Rabbi Nelson Glueck was invited to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk was a member of the U.S. Holocaust Commission), Dr. Zola is the first HUC faculty member to be appointed to such a post by a U.S. president.
Dr. Zola believes that “this development is yet another indication of the significant historical resources that the American Jewish Archives and the Hebrew Union College proffer to the nation.”
Committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social, and family life of American Jewry, the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives contains more than 15,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, nearprint materials, photographs, audio and videotapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials.