Dr. Paul M. Steinberg Appointed Vice President
for Communal Development at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), announced the appointment of Dr.
Paul M. Steinberg as Vice President for Communal Development. Dr.
Steinberg, who is the Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor
of Jewish Religious Education and Human Relations and Chairman of
the Faculty of the New York School of HUC-JIR, has served the College-Institute
as part of its administration and faculty for 47 years.
The College-Institute held a special academic convocation honoring
Dr. Steinberg in 1997, during which he was awarded an honorary Doctor
of Humane Letters degree (honoris causa). Rabbi Ellenson remarked:
"Dr. Steinberg has guided and ensured the strength and growth of
our institution and enhanced the academic distinction of our academic
programs. As mentor and teacher to generations of rabbis, cantors,
educators, and communal professionals, he has advanced Jewish learning
and Jewish continuity." In appreciation of Dr. Steinberg's leadership,
HUC-JIR established the Dr. Paul M. and Trudy Steinberg Endowment
Fund for the Teaching of Human Relations in 1997. In March 2002,
in tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Paul Steinberg, the Dr. Paul and Trudy
Steinberg Distinguished Professor in Human Relations and Counseling
Dr. Paul M. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Social Sciences with Honors
at the College of the City of New York and the M.S. in Educational
Psychology at the School of Education at City College. He was ordained
and received the Master of Hebrew Literature Degree from the Jewish
Institute of Religion. At that time, he was awarded the Bertha S.
Guggenheimer Fellowship for research and travel in Israel. He received
his Doctorate in Psychological Services from Columbia University.
In 1960, he was licensed as a psychologist in the State of New York
by the Education Department of the University of the State of New
York. Baltimore Hebrew University awarded him the Doctor of Hebrew
Literature (honoris causa) in 1982.
Dr. Steinberg's service to the College-Institute began in 1955.
He has served as Dean of the Schools of Education and Sacred Music,
Dean of the Rabbinic School, and Dean of the New York School. In
the course of the years, he has been promoted from instructor to
Professor of Education and Human Relations.
In recognition of his exemplary service as professor and as administrator,
he was named the Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor
of Jewish Religious Education and Human Relations. In 1962, while
serving as Dean of the New York School, he also assumed responsibilities
for the development of the Jerusalem School. As Executive Dean of
the Jerusalem School, he was responsible for the direction of the
Jerusalem School and the funding and administration of excavations
at Tel Gezer and Tel Dan. He served as the principal liaison with
the Smithsonian Institution and the Department of State Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs. Dr. Steinberg also directed the
Annual Summer Institute on Near Eastern Civilizations. He was largely
responsible for the establishment of relationships with New York
University and the development and relocation of the New York School
to its present site in 1979. As part of the College-Institute's
development and growth, he was appointed Vice President of the College-Institute
and Dean of Faculty of the New York School in 1985.
His service as Dean of the New York School is the longest in the
history of the College-Institute. He continues his assistance to
Presidents of the College-Institute in fulfilling the College mission
which began with Dr. Nelson Glueck, developed with Dr. Alfred Gottschalk
and Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, and continues with Rabbi David Ellenson.
In 1996, he was appointed Special Assistant to he President in addition
to teaching and serving as Distinguished Service Professor of Education
and Human Relations.
He has taught at The Army Management School, Baruch College of
the College of the City of New York, New York Police Academy Program,
Hebrew University, New York University, and the U.S. Department
of Defense School.
Dr. Steinberg has also served as Director, B'nai B'rith Hillel
Foundation, Berkeley, CA; Jewish Chaplain, U.S. Naval Hospital,
Oakland, CA; Rabbi, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson;
Jewish Chaplain, F.D.R. Veterans' Administration Hospital, Montrose,
New York; Jewish Chaplain, New York Air National Guard, White Plains,
New York; and Rabbi, Temple Adas Israel, Sag Harbor, New York.
He was designated Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation after he concluded
twenty years of service. He is a member of the American Psychological
Association; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of
Science (Psychology and Education Divisions); Fellow, American Psychological
Society; Phi Delta Kappa, Honorary Society in Education; and Central
Conference of American Rabbis.
Dr. Steinberg serves on the Boards of the Jewish Braille Institute,
Albright Institute of Archaeology (Jerusalem), Hospital for Joint
Diseases, and Dorot. He is President of The Gimprich Foundation.