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HUC-JIR to Honor the Hales and the Westons

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Monday, October 1, 2001

Linda & Joe Hale and Alice F. & Harris K. Weston support countless organizations in the Cincinnati community through their leadership and philanthropic initiatives. The Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts; The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education; Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; The National Underground Freedom Center; Skirball Museum, Cincinnati; Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan YMCA; and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion are among the many beneficiaries of the unending good works of these two couples.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion proudly honors the Hales and the Westons at the 19th Annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner on Sunday, November 11, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency. A cocktail reception and exhibition of select works from Alice Weston's critically acclaimed pictorial record of mound-builder studies, Silent Testimony: Prehistoric Earthworks of the Ohio Valley, will begin at 5:30 pm followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 pm.

The evening's events will pay tribute to the honorees while highlighting HUC-JIR's unique work of training spiritual leaders, cantors, educators, communal professionals, and scholars of all faiths as well as the institution's diverse community activities including The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, the Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies, and HUC-UC Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems. In addition to the presentation of awards to the Hales and Westons, the dinner program includes Dr. David Ellenson's Presidential Address, a cantorial performance by Sharon Kohn, Cantor, Wise Temple and Cantor-in-Residence, HUC-JIR, singing with alumni from the College-Institute's School of Sacred Music, as well as personal remarks from Emmanuel Itapson, doctoral candidate and Andrea Cosnowsky, rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati.

Dr. David Ellenson assumed the position of eighth President of the College-Institute in June 2001 after serving as a member of the HUC-JIR faculty for nearly 20 years. He is internationally recognized for his publications and research in the area of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history. The Tribute Dinner is the first opportunity for the greater Cincinnati community to welcome Dr. Ellenson as the College-Institute's new President.

The Annual Tribute Dinner is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Cincinnati Associates of HUC-JIR. "We are on track to meeting our goals," reports Jacqueline M. Mack, Tribute Dinner co-chair. "The Cincinnati Associates and other members of the community are paying tribute to the good works of the Hales and the Westons through their generous financial support of the College-Institute," announced Daniel J. Hoffheimer at a recent meeting.

Honorary chairs of the Tribute Dinner are Rabbi Michael R. Zedek, a 1974 graduate of HUC-JIR, Cincinnati and the current chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; Carole Tyler Rigaud, board member of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at HUC-JIR; and Addison Lanier, long-time College-Institute supporter and dedicated leader of organizations such as Cincinnati Better Housing League and Cincinnati Ballet.

John F. Barrett, president and chief executive officer, Western-Southern Enterprise, Robert J. Kohlhepp, chief executive officer, Cintas Corporation, and John T. Taylor, president, PNC Bank, serve as co-chairs of the Corporate Council for the Tribute Dinner.

Founded in Cincinnati in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the oldest institution of higher Jewish education in the western hemisphere and the academic and professional leadership development center of the Reform Movement. The College-Institute trains rabbis, cantors, religious school educators, Jewish communal workers, and graduate and postgraduate scholars at its four campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem. In addition to training professional leadership to serve the Jewish community, HUC-JIR's School of Graduate Studies awards Masters and Doctoral degrees to men and women of all faiths.

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.