Rabbi Ellenson delivers Feinberg lecture at University of Cincinnati

Monday, June 2, 2003

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), delivered the 26th Rabbi Louis Feinberg lecture Tuesday, May 27, at 8 p.m at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Rabbi Ellenson spoke on "A Vision for American Judaism: Past Reality, Future Direction."

"Professor Ellenson is an insightful interpreter of modern Jewish history, and is now a leading voice framing the future of American Judaism," said Steven Fine, head of the department of Judaic studies and incumbent of the Jewish Foundation chair in Judaic studies. "David and I have been colleagues for many years, ever since I was a graduate student at the University of Southern California and he was a professor at the adjacent HUC campus in Los Angeles."

Fine said that the lecture by Rabbi Ellenson symbolizes the warm relationship that has developed between the leadership of the local HUC-JIR and UC campuses. "Joint programs are now in place at every level, from our shared junior faculty group to joint research between faculty, joint conferences and projects that benefit students of both institutions," said Fine. "A joint MA is in the works. Cincinnati's Judaic studies community is among the largest in the US--between HUC and ourselves, our city is a true academic powerhouse."


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