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Monday, February 3, 1997

Founders Day ceremonies will be held at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati on March 12, 1997, and New York Convocation and Founders Day Ceremonies will take place at Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue at 55th Street in Manhattan, on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 pm. Founders Day honors distinguished rabbinic alumni for their twenty-five years of service to the Jewish people. Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President of the College-Institute, will present the Founders Day Address.

The New York Convocation will also celebrate the induction of Burton Lehman as the new Chairman of the Board of Governors, and the Cincinnati cermonies will include recognition of 25 years of service by Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first woman to be ordained rabbi in America.

"On Founders Day we remember the visionary leadership of the past as, with pride and joy, we salute the rabbis who shape the present and future. We also recognize the essential role of the devoted lay leader in all we have achieved and dream of achieving," stated Rabbi Zimmerman. "The partnership of religious leader and lay leader, together striving to meet the changing needs of the Reform movement and the Jewish people, is at the heart of the College-Institute's special mission."

Founders Day Ceremonies celebrate the vision of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute in 1875 in Cincinnati, and of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, founder of the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1922 in New York.

Inspired by their legacy, the College-Institute's academic programs, faculty, and students are committed to fulfilling their mission of a Judaism responsive to modernity. On Founders Day, the College-Institute honors distinguished rabbinic alumni for twenty-five years of service as preservers and teachers of Judaism - its faith, its culture, and its communal ethics.

Rabbinic alumni to be honored at Founders Day in Cincinnati are:

Rabbi Brian Fox, Congregation Emanuel, Sydney, Australia
Rabbi Ronald Goff, Director, B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, Florida State University, Tallahasse, FL
Rabbi Leigh David Lerner, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Quebec, Canada
Rabbi Eugene Henry Levy, Congregation B'nai Israel, Little Rock. AR
Rabbi Fred Natkin, Lieutenant Commander, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy (ret.), Winter Haven, FL
Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, NJ
Rabbi Mark Shook, Congregation Temple Israel, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Enoch Spiegel, Commander, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy, Bartlett, TN
Rabbi Daniel Syme, Temple Beth El, Bloomfield, MI
Rabbi David E. Wucher, B'nai Sholom Congregation, Huntington, WV

The honorary Doctor of Divinity degree recipients in New York are:

Rabbi Richard F. Address, UAHC Regional Director, Pennsylvania Council, Philadelphia. PA
Rabbi Robert Abelson Alper, East Dorset, VT
Rabbi Arnold Mark Belzer, Congregation Mickve Israel, Savannah, GA
Rabbi Gerald Brieger, Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, Orange, CT
Rabbi Julian Isaac Cook, Central Synagogue of Nassau County, Rockville Centre, NY
Rabbi Richard A. Davis, Temple Emanu-El, Yonkers, NY
Rabbi Marc Gellman, Temple Beth Torah, Melville, NY
Rabbi Mark S. Golub, Jewish Education in Media, Inc., Bronx, NY
Rabbi Peter Henry Grumbacher, Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington, DE
Rabbi James Lee Kessler, Temple B'nai Israel, Galveston,TX
Rabbi Jon Konheim, Congregation Agudat Achim, Schenectady, NY
Rabbi Laurence A. Kotok, Temple B'rith Kodesh, Rochester, NY
Rabbi Norman Steve Lipson, The Reform Congregation of Weston, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rabbi Dennis Neal Math, The Village Temple, New York, NY
Rabbi Ralph David Mecklenburger, Beth-El Congregation, Fort Worth, TX
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenbaum, Director and Greenberg Professor, Maurice Greenberg
Department of Judaic Studies, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Rabbi Marc Eli Saperstein, Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought,
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Edward Schecter, Temple Beth Shalom, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Rabbi Dannel I. Schwartz, Temple Shir Shalom, West Bloomfield, MI
Rabbi Steven R. Westman, Temple Beth El Israel, Ft. Pierce, FL

In addition, rabbis to be honored with the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at Graduation at the Los Angeles School on May 12 are:

Rabbi Norman Auerback, Chaplain, VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA
Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, CA
Rabbi Stephen Pearce, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Stephen Robbins, Congregation N'vay Shalom, Beverly Hills, CA
Rabbi Melvin Silverman, California Rehab Center, Chino, CA

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.