he Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion is marking a transition in leadership, as
we salute the achievements of Burton Lehman, who
has served with distinction and devotion as Chair
of the Board of Governors of this institution for a
decade, and as we welcome the incoming
Chair, Barbara Benioff Friedman, who
opens a new chapter in our history. The
moment is one that is filled with great
emotion for me.
It has been a great privilege to work
closely with Burt Lehman these past five
years, in a relationship blessed by mutual
confidence, trust, and friendship. He
has been unfailingly supportive and
available during the years of my presi-
dency, and a true partner throughout
every moment and challenge. Most
importantly, he has become a beloved
personal friend and my wife Jackie and I
cherish the relationship we enjoy with
Burt and his family.
In these pages of the
Annual Report
will read about Burt’s many accomplish-
ments and contributions that have enabled HUC-JIR
to excel as the intellectual center of Reform Judaism
and to demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the
people and state of Israel. As he becomes our Chair
Emeritus and Chair of the Nominating Committee,
we are grateful for his ongoing wisdom and counsel,
and wish him continued fulfillment, together with
Brenda and their precious family, as he goes on from
strength to strength.
It is also a singular joy to welcome Barbara Friedman
as the first woman Chair of the Board of Governors
in the 132-year-long history of the College-Institute.
As the institution that ordained the first women rab-
bis in America and Israel, as the seminary for the
Reform Movement and
klal yisrael
that has advanced
egalitarian rights in Jewish life and practice, and as
the institution of higher Jewish education that pos-
sesses the largest women’s Judaic studies faculty out-
side of Israel, we take pride in this moment.
Barbara’s determination to implement strategic plan-
ning for the College-Institute, an effort that she has
spearheaded for the past three years, is advancing a
new vision for HUC-JIR’s financial sustainability
and academic progress. She is determined to con-
tribute to the renewal of Jewish life in our time, and
Barbara sees the College-Institute as a major vehicle
to accomplish that task. Her distinguished civic and
Jewish communal leadership is chronicled in this
Annual Report
and we look forward to her guidance
and support for our mission. May God bless her and
her family as she devotes herself to the needs of our
people and this institution.
We have accomplished significant advances in fulfill-
ing our mission during the 2005-06 academic year:
We have completed a strategic plan that forges a
vision for HUC-JIR’s future, and have moved into
the implementation phase, emphasizing standards
of excellence and financial sustainability;
Key development initiatives have emanated from
strategic recommendations, including a gift from
the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation for
phased retirement, from Nicki Tanner, a Governor,
and Harold Tanner for a student information sys-
tem (see page 12), and gifts for model leadership
programs from the Mandel Foundation and Bonnie
Tisch, a Governor, and Daniel Tisch (see page 8);
We have welcomed four new members of the
administration, all of whom are charged with
strategic planning implementation: Gary Bockelman
of Cincinnati as Chief Operating Officer; Dr.
Aaron Panken of New York as Vice President for
Strategic Initiatives; Dr. Stephen Windmueller as
Dean of the Los Angeles School; and Cantor Bruce
Ruben, Ph.D., as Director of the School of Sacred
Music in New York.
We have renewed our faculty with gifted emerging
scholars who will strengthen the teaching and
mentorship on all of our campuses, Rabbi David
Levine, Ph.D., the Inaugural Sonabend Associate
Professor of Talmud and Halakhah, and Beatrice
J. W. Lawrence, Instructor of Bible (see page 19);
We have organized a Rabbinic Council, chaired by
Rabbi Jerome Davidson, to serve as counsel to the
President and to assist HUC-JIR with its financial
We have raised over $12 million to renovate and
restore the Klau Library in Cincinnati and con-
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President’s Message
Celebrating a moment
of transition: (from left)
Barbara Friedman,
Burton Lehman, and
Rabbi David Ellenson.