from The Jerusalem Post US Jewry's unlikely savior Only the future will tell to what extent American Jewry's current financial woes are merely part of one very tough moment, or part of a historic decline, perhaps one that has been well under way for quite some time. Yet even the minimalists will have to concede that with all due respect to high-profile scandals like the Madoff scam, the financial blows sustained now by American Jewry are … [Read more...] about Should Israel Bail Out America’s Rabbinical Schools?
Hebrew Union College/HUC-JIR
The College's Board of Governors meeting opens in New York on Sunday and the pressure is on. Whatever the outcome from this two day session, we hope Rabbi Ellenson learned a lesson from his colleague over at JTS, Chancellor Arnold Eisen, and communicates to the entire community what has transpired and the actions underway. This, by the way, is something that should be kept in mind by every single organization, particularly when major change is … [Read more...] about The Future of Hebrew Union College
from The LA Jewish Journal New Rabbis Face Tough Job Market The rabbinate has been hit hard by this recession. Congregations are pulling in less money, and many larger synagogues are going without assistant rabbis, while some smaller congregations have cut solo rabbis to part-time positions. At the same time, more veteran rabbis are holding on to their jobs as retirement funds shrink, and some retired clergy are back in the job … [Read more...] about NewsBits: Around the Jewish Web
from The New York Jewish Week HUC Faculty Mounts Push To Save N.Y. Campus Faced with the possible closing of their seminary here, faculty and alumni of the Reform movement’s New York campus have mounted a campaign to highlight its strengths and explain why it would be a mistake to shut down the campus in the Jewish capital of the country. The effort comes on the eve of Sunday’s meeting here of the board of governors of the Hebrew Union … [Read more...] about Rabbinical Schools Continue to Grapple With the Recession
As this blog has frequently commented, when considering changes that go to the 'heart and soul' of an organization, all stake-holders need to be consulted. That's just how it is today. The reorganization of the Hebrew Union College, along with the likely closing of at least one campus, has been a hot topic. From discussions, it's apparent that one group not really brought into the loop of discussion is the present student body. A second group, … [Read more...] about Our Teens Speak; The Forgotten Demographic