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Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Dr. Hélène Dallaire as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Hebrew Language Instruction at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. She has served as Director of Hebrew Language Instruction at HUC-JIR since 2001 and had taught at the College-Institute as an Instructor or Teaching Assistant from 1995-2001. “Dr. Dallaire teaches by word and by deed,” noted Rabbi Kenneth Ehrlich, Dean of HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. “She is truly fascinated by the subjects she teaches, always respectful of the texts before her, striving always to find meaning beond the words. She inspires students of different faiths and backgrounds to follow her example, and takes pride in her students' achievements and accomplishments. We are honored to welcome to our faculty this distinguished alumna of our School of Graduate Studies and valued member of our administrative team.”

Dr. Dallaire received her Ph.D. in Comparative Semitics and her M.Phil. in Hebraic and Cognate Studies from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, where she wrote her dissertation on “The Syntax of Volitives in Northwest Semitic Prose.” She earned an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.

Her fields of expertise include Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Ancient Near Eastern history, and Hebrew grammar. In addition, her linguistic talent can be demonstrated by the wide variety of languages she speaks or has studied: French, Modern, Biblical, and Mishnaic Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Classical and Modern Arabic, Aramaic, Moabite, Edomite, Ammonite, Spanish, Koiné, and Classical Greek.

Dr. Dallaire received the Rabbis Kahn-Schachtel Fellowship for study at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati two years in a row.

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.