TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR ACTIONS, NURTURE OUR SOULS, AND SEEK HEALING, DR. ANDREW REHFELD, PH.D., PRESIDENT, HUC
Dear HUC Community,
The month of Elul is traditionally a time of reflection, preparing us for the Jewish New Year. It is a time to account for our actions, nurture our souls, seek healing, and prepare for the possibilities of the future. These days provide an opportunity for personal self-study, repair within ourselves and our communities, and reconciliation with others.
HUC-JIR is proud to be joining the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), American Conference of Cantors (ACC), Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), and the Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) in presenting a meaningful learning program on the theme of teshuvah as we enter this season.
“On Repentance and Repair: A Reform Movement Program for the High Holy Days and Beyond,” available for free download, will explore our understanding of teshuvah, as we continue to grapple with the hard legacies of our past. This program includes a 45-minute video resource and discussion guide featuring Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of the forthcoming book, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, in conversation with Rabbi Jill Maderer, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia. It is introduced by Rabbi Mary Zamore, WRN Executive Director; and includes closing reflections by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President, Rabbi Hara Person, CCAR Chief Executive, and me. I hope that you will find this program a source of support during this period of reflection and growth.
I also encourage you to explore the HUC Connect High Holy Days Playlist, comprised of College Commons podcasts and HUC Connect webinars, in which our faculty scholars and other experts illuminate significant contemporary themes and issues related to this season of study, introspection, and repentance. The programs range from discussing optimism in a time of uncertainty, gender and liturgy, and Jewish thought and reparations, to reflections on freedom and social justice, and guiding the emotional needs of children and one another. They will enrich your understanding and support your aspirations for the New Year.
May our learning together prepare us for the hard work of the weeks ahead. My wishes to you and your family for a New Year of blessing and peace.
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.