Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, HUC/Los Angeles
Lauren Applebaum, Ed.D., Director, DeLeT, HUC
Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis ’09, ’11, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in radical shifts in the relationships among children, parents, and teachers. In many instances, children and their teachers have been forced apart, and children and their parents have been resituated in close quarters. This shift has ushered in both serious challenges and profound opportunities for building meaningful and educative relationships between children and the adults who love them. Learn about how parents, educators, and clergy can partner to support the intellectual and emotional needs of children, and of one another, during this time.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network and Lilith magazine.

The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), continues to attract controversy and raise serious questions about global security. Since the initiation of the agreement under then President Barack Obama and the Trump administration’s subsequent withdrawal from the deal, we’ve witnessed an expansion of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile, numerous regional incidents that risked major conflict escalation, economic sanctions levied by Washington against Tehran, and the continuation of proxy wars throughout the region. President Joe Biden has said the United States will return to the JCPOA if Iran resumes compliance. Join the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Jewish Community Relations Council and Ambassador Dennis Ross, counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, for a conversation that will break down the current dynamics of the JCPOA and uncover perspectives on the Biden administration’s approach to Iran.

Thursday, May 20   |  12:00 p.m.

Opening the Ark: Bringing a Lost Polish Synagogue to Life

Abby Schwartz, Director, Skirball Museum, HUC/Cincinnati
Shmuel Polin ‘21, Rabbinical Student, HUC/Cincinnati

Participate in a virtual tour of the Skirball Museum’s exhibition of Shmuel Polin’s full-size replica of an Aron Hakodesh (holy ark) from Sidra, Poland, that was destroyed by the Nazis. The unique story of the reproduction of this sacred architectural artifact, its relationship to the 18th-century Polish ark that graces the Scheuer Chapel on HUC’s Cincinnati campus, works from the Skirball Museum’s collection, and related documentation bring to life the precious legacy of the destroyed wooden synagogues of Europe.

The Opening the Ark Project has been supported by Men of Reform Judaism, The Refusenik Project, Reconstructing Judaism, Jewish Learning Works, Adath Israel Congregation, and GoFundMe Charity.

Click HERE to register.

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