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Rabbi David Komerofsky Appointed Director of the Rabbinical School and Dean of Students of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/Cincinnati

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), announced the appointment of Rabbi David Komerofsky as the Director of the Rabbinical School and Dean of Students of HUC-JIR/Cincinnati as of July 1, 2002. Rabbi Ellenson stated: "We welcome Rabbi David Komerofsky and look forward to his leadership and guidance in advancing HUC-JIR/Cincinnati's rabbinical program and student affairs."

Rabbi Komerofsky will oversee the Rabbinical School curriculum, academic student advising, student health and housing services, orientation programs, student pulpit, fieldwork, and senior placement activities, and liturgical activities on the Cincinnati campus, among many other functions. In addition, his responsibilities will include teaching professional development courses and overseeing campus security and human resources.

Rabbi Komerofsky has served as the Associate Dean of Students at HUC-JIR's Cincinnati School since his rabbinical ordination in 1999. He is the instructor for the "Introduction to Judaism" course offered in Cincinnati through the Union of American Hebrew Congregations Midwest Council. In addition, as a member of the faculty of the Melton Adult Mini-Schools in Dayton and Cincinnati, he taught courses in Jewish history.

In addition to his ordination at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Komerofsky also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters (1997). He earned his a Bachelor of Arts in History (magna cum laude) from the University of Cincinnati.

He is married to Rachel Stern Komerofsky, a graduate of HUC-JIR's Joint Masters Program in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service. They are the parents of two-year-old twins.

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 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 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.