ALUMNI APPOINTED TO HUC-JIR ADMINISTRATION - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Thursday, July 1, 1999

Four outstanding alumni of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will be returning to their alma mater, not as students of the internationally renowned seminary, but as members of the HUC-JIR Cincinnati administration. Rabbis Ruth Alpers, Stacia Deutsch, David Komerofsky, and Roxanne Schneider will return to the Clifton campus where they received their rabbinical education and were ordained as rabbis. Rabbi Kenneth E. Ehrlich, dean of the Cincinnati school, expressed his pleasure in having these outstanding and talented individuals appointed to the administrative team. "It displays an incredible amount of satisfaction and pride in the institution when four graduates of the College-Institute, whose careers, competence, and aptitudes could have provided them a number of prestigious opportunities, choose to come here to promote and represent their alma mater," stated Dean Ehrlich.

Rabbi Ruth Alpers will serve as the Director of Human Relations. Since being ordained in 1994, Ruth has been associated with Temple Israel in Boston, Massachusetts. A certified counselor, Rabbi Alpers has provided premarital and couple counseling and enrichment. She completed two basic units of chaplaincy training and received certification as a hospital chaplain. Born in Boston, Rabbi Alpers received her bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Rabbi Stacia Deutsch has been appointed to serve as the Director of Outreach Education for HUC-JIR, where she had previously been the part-time Cincinnati Program Coordinator of the College-Institute's Department of Adult Jewish Learning and Living since 1997. Ordained in 1995, Rabbi Deutsch worked as the director of Religious Programming for Beth Abraham Congregation in Dayton, Ohio prior to joining HUC-JIR. Stacia is married to Rabbi Richard Steinberg and they have two sons, Jacob and Zachary.

As the Associate Dean of Students, Rabbi David Komerofskywill work closely with the faculty in advising and assisting rabbinical and graduate students. Recently ordained, Rabbi Komerofsky earned his masters of arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in 1997. For the last two years, David served as religious school principal at Temple Shalom in Cincinnati. A 1993 Magna cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati, he received a bachelor of arts degree with high honors in history. David is married to Rachel, a graduate of HUC-JIR's double masters degree program in Jewish education and Jewish communal service.

The National Office of Admissions and Recruitment will now be directed by Rabbi Roxanne Schneider, ordained recently during Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's ordination ceremony. Rabbi Schneider served as a rabbinic intern in the Youth Programs Office and the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for HUC-JIR served as rabbinic intern at Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati. A political science graduate of the Union College of Schenectady, New York, Roxanne received a master of arts degree in education from the same institution. Roxanne was born on an Apache Reservation in New Mexico and was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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.