Rabbi Dan Bridge Named Alumnus of the Year of HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Communal Service

Monday, November 3, 2003

Rabbi Dan Bridge (Cert. in Jewish Communal Service, L ’81; Rabbinical Ordination, C ‘85) has been named Alumnus of the Year by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Jewish Communal Service (SCJS). The SCJS honored Rabbi Bridge at the Alumni of the Year program on November 3rd at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple – Irmas Campus, in Los Angeles. Bridge was lauded for his contributions to the field of Jewish communal service and for his accomplishments during his service at the University of Washington Hillel, as well as for his longstanding support of the SJCS.

Bridge worked as the Assistant Director of the Pacific Southwest Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations before becoming the Greenstein Family Executive Director of Hillel, Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at the University of Washington (UW) fourteen years ago. During this time, he has attracted and connected many of the Jewish students on campus to Hillel programs, while also engaging with the Jewish community in the Pacific Northwest. With support from the UW Board, Bridge recently completed a $12 million capital campaign for a new center for Jewish life at UW.


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