The Abraham Geiger College of Potsdam University, Germany, will honor Stuart M. Matlins, Governor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, with the Abraham Geiger Medal. Matlins is founder, editor-in-chief, and publisher of Jewish Lights Publishing and SkyLight Paths Publishing. The honor will be conferred upon him during the Biennial of the European Union for Progressive Judaism in Dresden at the end of April 2014.
Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of Abraham Geiger College, stated, “Stuart Matlins is one of the most creative and innovative minds in the progressive Jewish world. He publishes what gives us inspiration. We honor his unique service to contemporary Judaism.”
Matlins was the 2006 recipient of HUC-JIR’s American Jewish Distinguished Service Award. He has served for over twenty years on the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR and was chair of the Eastern Region Board of Overseers.
Matlins is the author or editor of several books, including the best-selling How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook (SkyLight Paths, Jewish Lights’ sister imprint), The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook: A Guide to Understanding, Exploring & Living a Spiritual Life and Jewish Men Pray: Words of Yearning, Praise, Petition, Gratitude and Wonder from Traditional and Contemporary Sources.
Before his publishing career, Matlins was a management consultant for over thirty years with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. and then heading his own consulting firm. He is the cofounder of an innovative synagogue in Woodstock, Vermont, with his wife, Antoinette Matlins, and served as lay spiritual leader for almost two decades.
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