LOS ANGELES - Professor Gerald Bubis, the founding Director of the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service at the Los Angeles School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has been selected as one of the University of Minnesota College of Human Ecology's Centennial 100, announced Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President, HUC-JIR. Professor Bubis will be honored on Saturday, April 18, 2000 at the College of Human Ecology's centennial festivities.
"Professor Bubis was, and continues to be, a trail blazer in the education and training of Jewish communal professionals. He continues to bring distinction and honor to the field of Jewish Communal Service and to the College-Institute," stated Rabbi Zimmerman.
The University of Minnesota College of Human Ecology (which subsumes a number of graduate schools) will be celebrating one hundred years of teaching, research and community service in the year 2000 by recognizing one hundred or more representative people who, through their lives and work, illuminate the breadth, diversity, culture and spirit of the College of Human Ecology.
"The College-Institute congratulates Professor Bubis on being selected as one of the University of Minnesota College of Human Ecology's 100 most influential individuals. He is one of the foremost educators and experts in the field of Jewish Communal Service and he is an inspiration to our Jewish community," said Dr. Lewis M. Barth, Dean, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.
Professor Bubis served as Director of the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service from 1968 to 1989. He is also the Alfred Gottschalk Professor Emeritus of Jewish Communal Studies at HUC-JIR Los Angeles. Currently he is Vice President and Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern California, and serves as visiting faculty in the Council of Jewish Federations' Continuing Education Program and in the Wexner Graduate Fellows Program. He completed his graduate work in social work at the University of Minnesota. Prior to entering academia, he served in executive positions in camp, Hillel, Federation and Jewish Community Center settings.
He serves on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, Brandeis-Bardin Institute, United Israel Appeal, and Americans for Peace Now, where he was a national Co-President. He has served as a board member and officer of MAZON, the New Israel Fund, American Zionist Youth Foundation and Friends of Labor Israel. He is a past president of the Jewish Communal Service Association and holds membership in the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Jewish Professors, the Association for the Sociological Study of Contemporary Jewry and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Professor Bubis has been awarded the Sam Beber Medal as an outstanding AZA alumnus, served as Milender Fellow at Brandeis University, Arnulf Pins Visiting Professor at Hebrew University. He is a recipient of the Ezra Award for Outstanding Jewish Education and the Gunther Award for Israel-Diaspora Relations from the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Hebrew University conferred the Martin Buber Award and the University of Judaism awarded the Mordecai Kaplan Medal for Distinguished Service in Jewish Education. He was granted a honorary doctorate degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
He has authored, co-authored or edited more than 75 articles which have appeared in publications ranging from Moment and the Journal of Jewish Communal Service to the Journal fo Reform Judaism and Judaism and Psychology. Professor Bubis has been a trainer, lecturer and consultant for many national and international organizations in over 125 communities throughout the world.
He and his wife, Ruby, a retired Jewish communal professional, reside in Los Angeles. Both of their children received their Masters degrees in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR.