Our task: to educate
Jewish leaders who
will develop innovative
ideas and approaches
to serving the Jewish
community, and who
can speak about Jewish
values and tradition
with the authenticity
that is bestowed upon
those who are steeped in
the intellectual pursuit
of Jewish knowledge.
struct a new “Library Pavilion” to house library col-
lections, administrative, faculty, and some Library
offices, and exhibition space for treasures from the
rare book collection (see page 17);
We have admitted 101 students (48 stateside rab-
binical, 6 Israeli rabbinical, 6 cantorial, 15 educa-
tion, 8 communal service, 13 graduate studies, and
5
DeLeT certificate program students) and are
proud to have 58 first-year students at our Jerusalem
campus where they will be learning side-by-side
with our 24 Israeli rabbinical students;
We have ordained 42 new stateside rabbis and 6
new Israeli rabbis (see page 21), invested 12 new
cantors, graduated 9 communal service profession-
als and 11 new Jewish educators, and bestowed 48
Master’s and Doctoral degrees on students in our
graduate and professional programs;
We have continued to raise funds for scholarships
to attract the best and the brightest and have been
delighted by the many congregations who have
chosen to honor their rabbis by creating scholar-
ships in their honor;
We have advanced the renaissance of Jewish life in
the Former Soviet Union, through the ongoing
work of our Israeli and North American rabbinical,
cantorial, and education students who lead services,
teach Torah, and build Jewish communities in
Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Latvia, with the sup-
port of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family
Foundation;
We have launched the Blaustein Center for Pastoral
Counseling in Israel through a pastoral counseling
think tank that is heightening public awareness,
creating partnerships, and beginning to craft a “lan-
guage” of pastoral care for Israelis; our Israeli rab-
binical students have benefited from new course
development and field work placements in this area;
We have continued to strengthen our recruitment
initiatives through the generous assistance of an
endowment gift from John Golden, a Governor,
and Suzanne Golden;
We have renewed our commitment to Jewish edu-
cation – day school education in particular – by
creating a Masters in Teaching through the wisdom
and generosity of the Avi Chai Foundation;
With the partnership of UJA-Federation of New
York, we have progressed in landmark transdenomi-
national projects that are having a transformative
impact on Jewish education in the New York area:
the Leadership Institute for Congregational School
Principals, in cooperation with the Jewish
Theological Seminary, and the Experiment in
Congregational Education (ECE)–Re-Imagine.
We have mounted extraordinary exhibitions at the
HUC-JIR Museum in New York, including the
traveling photographic exhibition entitled
Tikkun
by artist Aliza Olmert, one of whose works, appro-
priately emblematic of the Reform Movement’s val-
ues, appears on the cover of our
Annual Report.
On
the West Coast, “Art Met Text” in an extraordinary
blending of
midrash
and painting created by Victor
Raphael (see page 14);
We have organized the fifth “Great Scholar Series,”
co-sponsored with Florida Atlantic University in
Boca Raton and Jupiter, featuring the scholarship
of Dr. Carole Balin, Dr. Michael Marmur, Dr.
Bruce Ruben, and Dr. Gary Zola;
We have accomplished all of this through remark-
able gains in our development effort; this year we
raised over $27 million – $20 million in cash and
an additional $7 million in pledges – to ensure the
vibrancy of our programs and our ongoing com-
mitment to excellence in preparing Jewish leaders
for the future.
That is the essence of our task: to educate Jewish lead-
ers who will develop innovative ideas and approaches to
serving the Jewish community, and who can speak
about Jewish values and tradition with the authenticity
that is bestowed upon those who are steeped in the
intellectual pursuit of Jewish knowledge.
We are most appreciative of the generosity of our
donors, whose gifts continue to sustain our programs
and faculty, support our students, and enhance our
research resources. Thank you for your participation
in this sacred enterprise as we shape the direction and
destiny of the Jewish people. Together, may we see the
continued strengthening of Jewish life and learning
in a world blessed by peace.
David Ellenson,
President
January 2007 / Shevat 5767
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President’s Message
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