From left: Dan Hoffheimer, Mauri Willis, Jon Chaiken, Karen Sim, Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., Mona Kerstine, Scott Joseph, Kathy Claybon, Dean Jonathan Hecht
The Cincinnati Associates of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion hosted the 36th annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., who was inaugurated as the 10th President in the 144-year history of HUC-JIR that morning, was the dinner honoree.
Tribute Dinner Co-Chairs, all members of HUC-JIR’s Central Region Board of Overseers, were Jon Chaiken, Kathy Claybon, Daniel Hoffheimer, Scott Joseph, Mona Kerstine, Karen Sim, and Mauri Willis. They, along with Sue Neuman Hochberg, Chair of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors, welcomed the guests to the dinner.
Following a video presentation, A New Day, Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost of HUC-JIR, gave the Invocation. The program included greetings from Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D., Dean of the Cincinnati campus, who along with the deans of the other three HUC-JIR campuses -- Rabbi David Adelson, D.Min., Dean, New York; Joshua Holo, Ph.D., Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles; and Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, Taube Family Campus, Jerusalem -- made a special presentation to Dr. Rehfeld.
Michael J. Graham, S.J., President of Xavier University, gave a tribute to leadership, which was followed by a Presidential Address by Dr. Rehfeld. The Rabbi Richard Sarason Endowed Scholarship Fund was announced at the dinner in honor of the Pines School of Graduate Studies (PSGS) director. The fund supports scholarship needs for Ph.D. students of the PSGS.
Julie S. Schwartz, M.A.H.L., D.D., Associate Dean of the campus, gave the Benediction. Kyle Inskeep, WKRC Local 12 Anchor, was the evening’s master of ceremonies. Funds raised from the dinner will benefit students of the Rabbinical School and the Joan and Phillip Pines School of Graduate Studies on the Cincinnati campus.