Rabbi Shirley Idelson Appointed Associate
at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/New York
Rabbi Aaron Panken, Dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion (HUC-JIR) New York, announces the appointment of Rabbi
Shirley Idelson as the Associate Dean. Starting September 1, 2002,
Rabbi Idelson will coordinate East Coast Recruitment, supervise
Rabbinical admissions and guide the ongoing developments in student
life that continue to enhance HUC-JIR/New York.
Dean Panken stated: "Welcoming Rabbi Idelson to our team will
continue our trajectory of excellence in crafting a world-class
institution that assures the future of Reform Jewish life, while
enhancing Jewish life in all corners of the globe. Rabbi Idelson
combines extensive expertise with years of university experience,
a great breadth of knowledge and a broad array of qualities of academic
leadership that will be of tremendous benefit to students, staff
and faculty alike."
After receiving her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion in New York, NY in 1991, Rabbi Idelson served
as Director of Religious Activities and Chaplaincy Services at Vassar
College for seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History
from Dartmouth College, and in 1998 she earned a Master of Science
from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Since receiving her Master's degree, Rabbi Idelson has worked
in Minnesota, promoting Jewish life on college campuses as the Associate
for Jewish Life at Macalester College in St. Paul and Associate
Chaplain at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. In addition, she
directed Arts and Religion in the Twin Cities, a two-year initiative
to promote public dialogue about the intersection of arts and religion
and was a producer and newscaster for Minnesota Public Radio in
St. Paul, MN.
Rabbi Idelson edited Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation,
with Rabbis Rebecca Alpert and Sue Levi Elwell (New Brunswick, New
Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2001). She has also published
articles and essays on Judaism, feminism and the arts.
"I am delighted to return to HUC-JIR in New York," Rabbi Idelson
said, "and I look forward to working closely with students, faculty,
administration, and staff on HUC-JIR's critically important work--
educating the leadership of the Jewish community of the present