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Dr. Jonathan Krasner Appointed Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Monday, June 3, 2002

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Krasner as Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. Starting July 1, 2002, Krasner will teach a core course in American Jewish History (with Dr. Gary Zola), and will teach electives in such areas as American Jewish Intellectual History, American Jewish Literature, the Sociology of the American Jewish Community, the Historiography of American Jewish History, and American Jewry and Zionism. Rabbi Ellenson stated: "We welcome Dr. Krasner, whose scholarship, teaching, and mentorship will enhance our academic programs."

Dr. Krasner earned his Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Brandeis University and holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University. The recipient of many fellowships, he has been an American Jewish Archives Research Fellow at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.

He served as Chair of the History Department at the New Jewish High School in Boston, where he developed school-wide curricula, supervised and evaluated teachers, as well as taught courses in American Jewish History, Zionism and Israel, European Jewish History, and Humanities. In addition, he brings to HUC-JIR many years of teaching experience on the college and high school levels.

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.