Lecture Focuses on American Judaism

Professor David Ellenson, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will deliver the 26th Rabbi Louis Feinberg Lecture on  “A Vision for American Judaism: Past Reality, Future Direction.”  The lecture will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in Room 112, Lindner Hall (College of Business Administration). The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Judaic Studies.

“I am very excited by this lecture,” said Steven Fine, head of the Department of Judaic Studies, who serves as the Jewish Foundation Chair in Judaic Studies at UC.  “Professor Ellenson is an insightful interpreter of modern Jewish history and is now a leading voice framing the future of American Judaism.  This promises to be an important moment in the future of the Jews on this continent.”

The eighth president in the history of Hebrew Union College, Ellenson holds the Gus Waterman Herrman Presidential Chair and is the I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. A member of HUC-JIR’s faculty since 1979, he has served as lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor and professor of Jewish Religious Thought. From 1981 to 1997, he also held the post of director of the Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judaic Studies at the Los Angeles School.

The Feinberg Lecture will be preceded by the Beatrice Winkler Tribute Dinner, which will take place in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center on the UC main campus on May 27. 

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