Director of Rhea Hirsch School of Education Installed as APRRE President

Monday, November 1, 1999

Director of Rhea Hirsch School installed as president
of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education

Professor Sara S. Lee, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Los Angeles School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has been installed as President of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APRRE) at its annual meeting held in Toronto, Canada from October 15 - 17, 1999, announced Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President, HUC-JIR.

APRRE is a national interreligious organization providing an ongoing forum to enhance the quality of teaching and research in religious education. Professor Lee is the first Jewish president of the organization. "Professor Lee continues to bring honor to the field of Jewish education and to the College-Institute. Her service as President of APRRE will bring distinction and vision to the organization," stated Rabbi Zimmerman.

Founded in 1970, APRRE offers ecumenical and interreligious dialogue to explore new visions of religious education to enhance the quality of teaching and research in religious education and to help prepare graduate students to become future professors and researchers in religious education.

"The College-Institute is thrilled that Professor Lee has been elected President of APRRE. She is one of the foremost educators and experts in the field of Jewish Education and the organization will benefit from the breadth and depth of her knowledge and experience," said Dr. Lewis M. Barth, Dean, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

Professor Sara Lee brings to the APRRE a wealth of experience and knowledge on Jewish Education. Professor Lee and Dr. Mary Boys of Union Theological Seminary and Past President of the APRRE, were awarded a grant from the Lilly Endowment to support a two-year colloquium for Catholic and Jewish educators which is documented in a special issue of Religious Education entitled "Religious Traditions in Conversation." She has chaired the InterSeminary Retreat of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and served as chair of the Editorial Committee of the Religious Education Association. Professor Lee has edited two books: A Congregation of Learners (with Dr. Isa Aron and Dr. Seymour Rossel) and Touching the Future: Mentoring and the Jewish Professional (with Dr. Michael Zeldin) and authored several articles on religious education and interreligious dialogue.

In recognition of her contributions to religious and Jewish education, Professor Lee has received the prestigious Samuel Rothberg Prize in Jewish Education awarded by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Ezra Award of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, the Isaac Mayer Wise Award from Congregation Emanuel and Temple Sinai of Denver, and the Distinguished Merit Citation of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. She received an honorary Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Professor Lee holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California. She lives in Northridge, California.


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