INAUGURATION ADVISORY

Thursday, August 1, 2002

RABBI DAVID ELLENSON, Ph.D.
TO BE INAUGURATED AS 8TH PRESIDENT OF
HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION

OCTOBER 13TH INAUGURATION IN CINCINNATI -- HISTORIC BIRTHPLACE OF REFORM JUDAISM AND HUC-JIR, ESTABLISHED IN 1875

Who: Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., internationally recognized scholar of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history and the I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will be inaugurated as the 8th President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

What: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR's centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York provide the academic and professional training programs for the Reform Movement's rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals, and offer graduate programs for scholars of all faiths.

When: The Inauguration will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 3 p.m. and will be attended by world leaders of the Reform Movement, leaders of other Jewish denominations and other faith groups, distinguished academics and scholars from leading universities, and alumni, faculty, and students of HUC-JIR.

Where: The Inauguration will take place at one of the most significant 19th century landmark synagogues in the United States -- the Isaac M.Wise / K.K. B'nai Yeshurun / Plum Street Temple, located at Eighth and Plum Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Why: As Chief Executive Officer of the academic institution training the leadership for 1.5 million Reform Jews in America, Rabbi Ellenson is a preeminent leader of the largest growing denomination in American Jewry.

How: Rabbi Ellenson will be inducted into office by Burton Lehman, Chair of HUC-JIR's Board of Governors. The Inauguration ceremony will include the participation of faculty, alumni, students, and members of HUC-JIR's Board of Governors.


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, 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. www.huc.edu