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  • Hebrew Union College names Rabbi Aaron Panken as new president

    July 31, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Rabbi Aaron Panken was elected president of The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s rabbinical school.

    HUC announced the decision of its board of governors on Wednesday.

    Panken, 49, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., has taught rabbinic and Second Temple...

  • Community Profile: Gerald Bubis

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Gerald B. Bubis is 88, and he knows there are things he’ll never do again.

    He’ll never travel to Israel again, for one, and after 46 trips, that’s a tough one to swallow. Then there’s the fact that this author and/or editor of 12 books and 200 articles on serving the Jewish...

  • Mom, the full-time mensch

    By Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2010 | 8:20 pm

    “Is everybody happy today?” Shana Passman cheerfully asked a table of Holocaust survivors eating lunch at Hollywood Temple Beth El at the annual Chanukah party of Café Europa, a social club for Holocaust Survivors run by the Jewish Family Service (JFS).

    The survivors’ faces...

  • Admissions remain open at School of Jewish Communal Service

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 24, 2009 | 6:03 pm

    Despite plans that could have led to the closure of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Jewish Communal Service in Los Angeles, the board of governors decided Tuesday to keep admissions open for the 2010-2011 school year.

    “It was felt by a majority of the...

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  • Reform College Cuts Might Lead to Campus Closures

    April 23, 2009 | 1:18 am

    Due to unprecedented financial distress, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is poised to make deep cuts to its programming that might include the closure of two of its three U.S. campuses. HUC-JIR has campuses in Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York, as well...

  • Reform rabbinical school teaches students to reach out to HIV/AIDS patients

    By Nick Street

    June 5, 2008 | 2:37 pm

    HIV/AIDS education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) means "making sure rabbinical students don't leave campus before they hone their skills to help people in need," said Michele Prince, director of the Kalsman Institute of Judaism and Health at HUC-JIR....
  • USC & HUC: A Winning Partnership

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the annals of party-going, the dinner hosted by USC President Steven Sample and his wife, Kathryn, at their impressive San Marino estate home last week, ranked right up near the top.

    The food and drinks were excellent, the speeches short and few, and the general bonhomie so...

  • HUC Dean Redux

    By Ari Noonan

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    More than a quarter century ago, Dr. Lewis Barth became one of the youngest college deans in the United States, assuming the post at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Eight years later, he stepped down. Now, at 59, Barth is back, having returned to his old chair last month.

    To say...