Dr. William Cutter named the Inaugural Steinberg Distinguished Professor

Thursday, April 1, 2004

The Dr. Paul M. and Trudy Steinberg Distinguished Professorship in Human Relations and Counseling Inaugurated at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. William Cutter, Director of the Lee and Irving Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, Professor of Education and Modern Hebrew Literature, and Lecturer in Chaplaincy Named the Inaugural Steinberg Distinguished Professor.

 

Presentations at the dedication of the Steinberg Distinguished Professorship by Rabbi David Ellenson, Dr. Paul Steinberg, Dr. William Cutter, Dr. Lewis Barth, and Professor Sara S. Lee can be found on our website at: http://www.huc.edu/newspubs/streaming (defunct)

 

The Dr. Paul M. and Trudy Steinberg Distinguished Professorship in Human Relations and Counseling has been established through a generous gift from the Irma L. and Abram S. Croll Charitable Trust and its Trustees. The Steinberg Distinguished Professorship honors Dr. Paul M. and Trudy Steinberg, whose association with the College-Institute dates back more than fifty years.

In announcing the establishment of the Steinberg Distinguished Professorship, Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, "We pay tribute to Dr. Paul and Trudy Steinberg for more than fifty years of devotion to the College-Institute, and for Dr. Steinberg's enormous contribution to the College-Institute in his over half-century of administration, teaching, and mentorship of generations of students now serving the Reform Movement and the Jewish community worldwide. We are grateful to Irma L. and Abram S. Croll, of blessed memory, for their generosity, which has made this Chair possible. It is especially appropriate that this Chair honors the visionary research, scholarship, and teaching of Dr.William Cutter, founder of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. Dr. Cutter has been a force for innovation, training, and new research in the areas of Hebrew literature, Jewish education, chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, and public policy and education on the relationship between religion and healing."

Rabbi, teacher, mentor, Dean, and Vice President of the College-Institute, Dr. Paul Steinberg has served HUC-JIR for decades with dedication, passion and skill. Dr. Steinberg's service to the College-Institute began in 1955. At HUC-JIR/New York, he served as Dean of the Rabbinical School, the School of Education, the School of Sacred Music, and as Dean of the New York School where he served the longest tenure of a Dean in the history of the College-Institute. He also assumed responsibilities for the development of the Jerusalem School and was appointed its first Executive Dean. Dr. Steinberg currently serves as Vice President for Communal Development. He also serves on the Boards of the Jewish Braille Institute, the Albright Institute of Archaeology in Jerusalem, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and Dorot. He is President of the Gimprich Foundation. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Social Science with Honors at the College of the City of New York and the M.S. in Educational Psychology at the School of Education at City College. He was ordained and received the Master of Hebrew Literature Degree from the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1949. He received his Doctorate in Psychological Services from Columbia University and has taught at Hebrew University, New York University, Baruch College, and the Army Management School. Dr. Steinberg currently serves as Vice President for Communal Development. He also serves on the Boards of the Jewish Braille Institute, the Albright Institute of Archaeology in Jerusalem, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and Dorot. He is President of the Gimprich Foundation.

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise officiated at the marriage of Trudy and Paul Steinberg at the Jewish Institute of Religion. Trudy Steinberg has taught at Hunter College Elementary School, and at schools in Brooklyn and Berkeley, California, and served as a social worker. In 1949, she administered a project for Hadassah Hospital in Israel. Trudy worked as a key facilitator with Youth Aliyah, concerned with the integration of young people into Israeli society. She is a founding member of the National Council for Jewish Women in Berkeley, California. During their fifty years of marriage, Trudy has been at Paul's side in the creation and implementation of the College-Institute programs in the United States and overseas.

The Steinberg Distinguished Professorship recognizes the accomplishments of Dr. William Cutter, Professor of Education and Modern Hebrew Literature at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, and Director of the Lee and Irving Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, a national center for public discourse on health, religion, and public policy. A dedicated member of the College-Institute since 1965, Dr. William Cutter has served as both the Assistant Dean and Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, which he helped found in 1970. Rabbi Cutter received his degree from Yale University in 1959, was ordained at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in 1965 and earned his P.h. D. in Modern Hebrew Literature at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971. His current research concentrates on the development of Modern Hebrew literature at the turn of the century and the ideological place of the Hebrew language in modern Judaism. Dr. Cutter has published over 150 scholarly articles on Hebrew culture, education, and health and has edited over 30 textbooks and collections of educations material. In addition to directing the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, Dr. Cutter serves on the advisory board to the UCLA Medical Center Department of Spiritual Care and supervises the chaplaincy training of the students at HUC-JIR/LA.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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 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