I would like to thank the two individuals who invited Hollinger to the Scholars' Conference and encouraged him to consider the questions he addressed in his lecture and, in more detailed fashion, in the article we present here: Hasia Diner of New York University, who was then serving as chair of the AJHS's Academic Council; and David Kaufman, the organizer of the conference, who was then teaching at HUC-JIR
but is now a professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
The "polydoxy" of HUC-JIR
professor Alvin Reines, who argued for a radical individualism and an open (anti- or even non-)theology, stirred the movement, as did the debate over whether a "humanistic" congregation could join the UAHC.
Reuven Firestone is firmly planted in the Jewish mainstream: he has Rabbinic ordination and teaches at HUC-JIR
; but Islamic history and lore has been the focus of his scholarship.
SJNM also offers a joint degree in Rabbinical Ordination or Jewish Education at HUC-JIR
. Generous scholarships and financial aid available.
I took classes there on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at HUC-JIR
on Tuesday and Thursday, determined to complete my first year of rabbinical school when I finished my four years of college.
(Cincinnati: HUC) 1969 Concerning Jewish Theology in North America (in AJYB, Philadelphia: JPS) 1976-7 Theology and Philosophy (in HUC-JIR
One Hundred Years ed.
Founded in 1875, HUC-JIR
is the academ ic, spiritual and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism and the oldest institution of rabbinical education in North America.
DVORA WEISBERG is Associate Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR
, Los Angeles.
Concurrently, in the 1950s and 60s, a small group of idealistic and able women students had come to HUC-JIR
with hopes that their studies would lead to rabbinic ordination.