Rabbi David Ellenson to Be Honored at Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's 20th Annual Cincinnati
Associates Tribute Dinner
Rabbi David Ellenson,
President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
will be honored at the 20th Annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute
Dinner to be held on Sunday, November 17, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency.
This dinner, coming just one month after Rabbi Ellenson is inaugurated
as the eight President in the history of HUC-JIR, will be a celebration
of his inauguration as well as a special evening of tribute to his
25 years of service to the College-Institute, Reform Judaism, and
academic scholarship worldwide. Rabbi Ellenson's inauguration will
take place on October 13, 2002 at Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati.
Rabbi David Ellenson has been the president of HUC-JIR since June
2001. During Rabbi Ellenson's first year as president he has raised
over $8 million for the annual and endowments funds at the College-Institute
and welcomed the largest class of rabbinical students in 20 years,
and faced the challenges of the escalating violence in Israel and
its impact on HUC-JIR's Year-In-Israel Program, a requirement for
all first year rabbinical, cantorial, and education students.
Rabbi Ellenson is the I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish
Religious Thought and has taught Jewish religious thought, ethics,
and modern Jewish history at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR since
1979. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981 and
was ordained a rabbi at HUC-JIR's New York School in 1977. He holds
masters degrees from Columbia University, HUC-JIR, and the University
of Virginia and received his bachelors degree from the College of
William and Mary in Virginia in 1969.
Karen M. Hoguet, chief financial officer and senior vice president
of Federated Department Stores, Inc. and H. Jerome Lerner, chairman
of Crane Contractors and owner of HJL Enterprises serve as co-chairs
of the Tribute Dinner.
Hoguet joined Federated in 1982, was elected senior vice president
in 1991 and chief financial officer in 1997. She is a Cincinnati
native and currently serves on the boards of Broadwing Inc., the
Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation, Cincinnati Arts Festival,
Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, and the Plum Street Temple Historic
Preservation Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Overseers
of the College-Institute.
Lerner, also a native of Cincinnati serves on the boards of Art
Technologies, Inc., Loveland Pet Foods, Inc., Peerless Machinery
Corp., as well as many community organizations including Cedar Village,
the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Presidents Organization.
He is a member of the Board of Governors of the College-Institute
and is the immediate past chair of the Cincinnati Board of Overseers.
The co-chairs of the Corporate Council for the 2002 Tribute Dinner
are Thomas L. Neyer, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Al Neyer, Inc.;
Charlotte R. Otto, Global External Relations Officer, Procter &
Gamble; and James E. Schwab, Cincinnati Market President, U.S. Bank.
The Associates of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
are men and women whose commitment and annual support augment the
College-Institute's educational and scholarly programs. The Cincinnati
Associates enthusiastically welcome Rabbi David Ellenson as the
eighth president of HUC-JIR and look forward to working with him
in the years ahead. For additional information about the Tribute
Dinner or becoming an Associate of HUC-JIR, contact Cathy F. Weinberger,
director of development and public affairs, at (513) 221-1875, ext.