Sara Crown Star Inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Sara Crown Star was inducted as a member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion by Burton Lehman, Chair of the Board of Governors, and Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR.

“Sara Crown Star is a catalytic leader for education, healthcare, and cultural causes. We look forward to her expertise as we advance HUC-JIR’s planning for the future,” stated Rabbi David Ellenson.

Star is an attorney at Henry Crown and Co. in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she was associated with the firms D’Ancona & Pflaum and Gould & Ratner. Star specializes in real estate and estate planning. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Star has been and is currently involved in extensive community and public service activities. She is a Trustee and Executive Committee Member of The Erikson Institute as well as Board Member for The Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, as well as a lobbyist for the National Bladder Foundation and International Bladder Symposium in Washington, DC. Star’s past activities most notably include initiator and promoter for creation and funding of groundbreaking medical research at the Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School as well as Founding Member of the University of Illinois Craniofacial Center Advisory Board. Her leadership has extended to the Special Olympics, The American Heart Association, and The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. She is currently a Trustee for the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.


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