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2003-2004
Annual Report
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I am delighted to share the fruits of the 2003-04 academic year
with you:
We have admitted 119 students (53 rabbinical students, 15
cantorial students, 24 education students, 9 communal service
students, and 18 graduate studies students); 69 of them are
spending their first year of study in Jerusalem in the Year-In-
Israel Program.
We have ordained 32 rabbis, invested 9 cantors, and presented
master’s degrees to 16 education students and 10 communal
service students, and 21 graduate degrees (3 Ph.D., 5 Doctor
of Ministry, 10 M. Phil., 1 M.A., and 2 M.A.J.S.).
We have ordained 5 Israeli rabbinical students (see pages 16-17);
25
are currently enrolled in our Israel Rabbinical Program.
A Master Plan has been developed to revitalize the
Cincinnati campus as an unparalleled center for research and
teaching for the American Jewish community. Historic gifts
of $6.5 million from the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati
and $5 million from Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson place
the College-Institute well within sight of the projected cost
of $17.2 million (see pages 10-11).
We have renewed our faculty with gifted emerging scholars,
including Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Assistant Professor of
Contemporary Jewish Studies, whose research interests in
Jewish languages, linguistics, and Jewish ethnography will
enrich her teaching.
We have created two new endowed professorships: The Rabbi
Jerome K. Davidson Chair in Social Responsibility (see page
5),
through the generosity of his devoted congregants, Mr. and
Mrs. Leonard Litwin and an anonymous donor; The David
and Roslyn Sonabend Professorship for an Emerging Scholar
(
see pages 16-17), established by their daughter and son-in-
law, Sheila and Bill Lambert, which will support a young
scholar who will teach at the Jerusalem School.
The Croll Center for Jewish Learning and Culture has been
endowed at the New York School by the Irma L. and Abram
S. Croll Charitable Trust in support of our adult learning and
cultural programs.
The UJA-Federation of New York has made groundbreaking
gifts to support educational programs (see page 3): The
Re-Imagine Project, derived from the Experiment in
Congregational Education (ECE) under the auspices of our
Rhea Hirsch School of Education in Los Angeles, guides
synagogues in the New York area in revitalizing into communities
of learners; The Leadership Institute for Congregational
School Principals is an historic transdenominational partnership
with the Jewish Theological Seminary, under the auspices of
our New York School of Education.
The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling,
now in its fifth year, has succeeded in teaching an array of
concepts, practical skills, and approaches that, according to
student surveys, are now used by students with their congregants
in student pulpits and with rabbinical mentors. In Cincinnati,
we are poised to become the first Jewish seminary fully
accredited as a training site for Clinical Pastoral Education.
In Jerusalem, through the generosity of the Charles and Lynn
Schusterman Family Foundation, we have pioneered a special
program to enrich Jewish life in the Former Soviet Union (FSU),
bringing our Russian-speaking Israeli students to the FSU to
work with Jewish camps, Hillels and congregations (see page 17).
We have appointed our first associate provost for enrollment
and planning, John Braunstein, who has built an international
team of admissions professionals on our four campuses.
We have organized the third “Great Scholars Series,”
cosponsored with Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton
and Jupiter, FL. The theme of the series was “The Middle
East: Region of Many People with One Beginning,” which
featured faculty members Dr. Reuven Firstone, Dr. Adam
Rubin, Professor Paul Liptz, and Dr. Mark Kligman.
The HUC-JIR Museum in New York has featured a yearlong
exhibition, entitled
The Art of Aging,
representing the lifelong
journeys of acclaimed Israeli and American artists, which is
now traveling to selected cities around the United States.
The National Department of Distance Education has
created
Mechinah
:
Preparing Oneself
,
a unique online
program offering a structured approach for thinking about
Judaism and Jewish life and for the acquisition of Judaic
knowledge (see page 9).
We have launched a strategic planning process, co-chaired
by Governor Barbara Friedman and Chief Adminstrative
Officer Gregory N. Brown, and enlisting the participation
of a broad base of volunteers, administrators and faculty.
Its goals are to focus priorities for the College-Institute’s
programs and resources, address concerns of accrediting
bodies, and create a blueprint for realizing our future.
As we revision and renew our goals, we are grateful for your
support, which makes all of these accomplishments possible.
Thank you for joining us in our sacred mission. Together, may
we see the continued flourishing of Jewish life and learning
in a world blessed by peace.
David Ellenson
Burton Lehman
President
Chair, Board of Governors