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Welcome to the Pines School of Graduate Studies Alumni Association!

Our Association serves as a link between HUC-JIR and the many PSGS alumni. Our graduates are college professors and high school teachers, authors and research scholars, ministers and rabbis, and more. If you graduated recently or long ago, it is our priority to be in touch with you. 

Leadership

Hélène Dallaire, Ph.D. '02, President
David Turner Ph.D. '09, Vice President for Mentoring Program and Recruitment
Christine Palmer Ph.D. '15, Vice President for Fundraising and Member-at-Large

Representatives to the Alumni Leadership Council:
Joel Allen, Ph.D. '06
Shelly Goldfarb, Coordinator of Alumni Engagement

Mission

The mission of the Pines School of Graduate Studies Alumni Association is to create a network of lifelong connections among alumni, our alma mater, our teachers, current students of the Pines School of Graduate Studies, and the Reform Movement.  We maintain contact with alumni and highlight their activities to the larger HUC-JIR community, recruit prospective students, and represent the Pines School of Graduate Studies to the community at large. Most importantly, we foster both the current and future mission of the School by supporting graduate students in the form of mentoring and financial assistance.

History

The Pines School of Graduate Studies in Cincinnati has a long history of excellence in training scholars. The vision of President Julian Morgenstern, it was founded in 1947 by President Nelson Glueck as an institution of higher learning for students of all faiths. That date was not coincidental. The major centers of Jewish learning in Germany and elsewhere in Europe had been destroyed by WWII and the Holocaust. It would no longer be possible to import scholars from Europe, as had been the custom in the past. Scholars would need to be trained in America. At the same time, advances in scholarship of the Hebrew Bible, ancient near eastern studies, and Semitic languages, along with an appreciation for the importance of Jewish sources in the study of the New Testament led to a new reality in the non-Jewish scholarly community. HUC's response was to found a graduate school in order to promote academic Jewish studies in an interfaith American context. Over the past six decades more than 500 M.A., Ph.D., and D.H.L. degrees have been conferred here. Now in the 21st century, the PSGS continues that proud tradition.

Past Presidents:

Hélène Dallaire, Ph.D., 2018-present
Nancy Erickson, Ph.D., 2016-2018
John Kampen, Ph.D., 2014-2016
Jeff Cooley, Ph.D., 2013-2014
Andrew Riley, Ph.D., 2012-13
Karla Suomala, Ph.D., 2008-2012
James Bowley, Ph.D., 2004-2008
Wave Nunnally, Ph.D., 1999-2003

Support the PSGS

Each year, we raise money for the PSGS, enrich the training of current PSGS students through professional workshops and the alumni-in-residence program, and participate in the annual luncheon at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Please help us to support HUC-JIR and the Pines School of Graduate Studies in order to provide the best possible experience for current students.

Then and Now...

 Old image of HUC-JIR instructors and students

 Recent image of female instructor and students