Final Food for Thought Lecture of 2002-2003 Features President David Ellenson
The final Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture of 2002-2003 season features Dr.
David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
presenting “The Approaches of Isaac Mayer Wise and David Einhorn to Reform
Judaism: A Personal Reflection on Their Meaning for Reform Judaism Today.”
The lecture will take place at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at HUC-JIR’s
Mayerson Hall Auditorium, 3101 Clifton Avenue. Following the lecture at 1:30
pm, President Ellenson will unveil HUC-JIR’s new Ohio Historical Marker.
The Food for Thought lecture will highlight the two distinctive currents that
were present in American Reform Judaism in 1800s based on differing approaches
of Isaac Mayer Wise and David Einhorn. Focusing on these two major figures of
19th century American Reform Judaism, Dr. Ellenson will attempt to draw out
what he perceives to be the implications of these two stances for American Judaism
Dr. David Ellenson is the 8th President in its HUC-JIR’s 125-year history
and holds the Gus Waterman Herrman Presidential Chair. He is also the I.H. and
Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.
A member of HUC-JIR’s faculty since 1979, he has served as Lecturer, Assistant
Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Jewish Religious Thought. From
1981-1997, he also held the post of Director of the Jerome H. Louchheim School
of Judaic Studies.
Dr. Ellenson 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, HUC-JIR, and the University of Virginia. He received his bachelors
degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1969. Dr. Ellenson
has published and lectured extensively on diverse topics in modern history,
ethics, and thought. He has written over 200 articles and reviews in diverse
academic and religious journals and books and is currently at work on a book-length
collection of his essays.
The Ohio Historical Marker being dedicated following the Food for Thought
lecture commemorates the significant historical importance of the College-Institute
from its founding through today. Administered by the Ohio Historical Society,
the Historical Markers program enables Ohioans to commemorate and celebrate
local history and to learn more about the state. Designed to be permanent and
highly visible, the historic markers are large cast-aluminum signs that tell
stories about aspects of Ohio’s history and prehistory.
In its thirteenth season, Food For Thought features scholars and members of
the HUC-JIR community who discuss their fields of interest, expertise, and recent
research with the public. The Department of Outreach Education invites the community
to attend this final lecture of the 2002-2003 school year with world-renowned
scholar President David Ellenson. A hot buffet lunch will be available at 12:00
pm for $8; reservations are necessary. There is a $2 fee to attend the lecture
only. To learn more about Food For Thought, the Department of Outreach Education
of HUC-JIR, or to make reservation contact Marcia Cruse, (513) 221-1875 ext.