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Thursday, January 1, 2004

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Scott Minkow as HUC-JIR's Assistant Director of Development and Public Relation for the Los Angeles campus. As of November 24, 2003, he has been working to enhance the public relations outreach of the Los Angeles campus and advancing the Development Office-Western Region's goals to raise funds for the College-Institute.

Fredi Rembaum, Director of Development, Western Region of HUC-JIR, stated: "We welcome Scott Minkow as the newest member of our team who brings great talent and skills in individual and event based solicitation, conference planning, campaign strategic planning, and collaboration with marketing and communications." Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Senior National Director of Public Affairs and Institutional Planning, added, "Scott Minkow has a critically important institutional role in raising HUC-JIR's profile as the leadership development center for Reform Judaism through his outreach to the media throughout the Western United States and Canada."

Minkow will be responsible for elements of HUC-JIR/LA's annual and capital campaign and special events related to those campaigns while serving as the public affairs contact for that campus. Scott excelled in fundraising and leadership development at The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, where he served as Assistant Director of the Metropolitan & Western Region and Director of Campaign Administration and Policy. As the Associate Campaign Director for the Home for Jewish Parents in Oakland, CA, he was instrumental in the development direction of a $20 million capital campaign. Prior to graduate school he worked as Program Staff at Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Los Angeles and Case Clerk at a prominent law firm in San Francisco.

He earned the M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR in 1999, the M.S.W. from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. from Stanford University in American Studies.

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.