Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Associate Dean
Rabbi Margaret J. Meyer, Acting Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Steven Windmueller, Acting Director of Adult Jewish Living and Learning
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Rabbi Margaret J. Meyer as Acting Director of Alumni Affairs. Rabbi Meyer has served as Coordinator of the Chapel Mentor program in Cincinnati, and as mentor and liturgical advisor to first-year students at the Jerusalem School. Ordained in 1986 from HUC-JIR, she has served congregations in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. She has served on the Executive Committee of the CCAR, and as President of the Cincinnati Board of Rabbis and Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Butler County, Ohio. She is married to Michael A. Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR.
Cantor Ellen Dreskin has been appointed the new Associate Dean of the New York School. She is the first Cantor to be appointed to a senior administrative position at the College-Institute. Following her investiture from HUC-JIR's School of Sacred Music in 1986, Cantor Dreskin has served as a cantor and educator at Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, Ohio and Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, New York. She is presently the spiritual leader of Chavurat Tikvah of Rye/Larchmont, New York. Cantor Dreskin also performs with Beged Kefet, a musical tzedakah collective that performs nationwide. She holds a Masters Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University.
Dr. Steven Windmueller has been appointed Acting Director of Adult Jewish Living and Learning for HUC-JIR. He will continue as Director of the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service, a position he has held since 1995. A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He served for 10 years as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to 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 American Jewish Archives, 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. www.huc.edu