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Monday, November 1, 2004

NEW YORK....Rabbi David Ellenson has appointed Dr. Nina Hanan to the newly established position of Chief of Staff at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), beginning November 8, 2004. The Chief of Staff will serve as the chief aide to the President, responsible for the operation of the President's Office. As a senior policy advisor to the President, she will coordinate the President's activities with the leadership team in academic affairs, administration, and development, and collaborate closely with senior personnel in public affairs and board relations. In addition, Dr. Hanan will manage special projects that are of strategic importance to the College-Institute.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Nina Hanan to the senior administration team of the College-Institute and look forward to her guidance and expertise in administration, policy analysis, advocacy, program planning, and management in advancing our mission," said Rabbi Ellenson.

A recognized leader of the Reform Movement of Judaism, Dr. Hanan has served since 1998 as Associate Executive Director of ARZA, the official representative of North American Reform Jewry for all issues pertaining to Israel, Zionism, and Reform Judaism, and as Associate Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), representing the voice and action of Reform Jewish Women in the synagogue, Jewish community, interfaith groups, and the general, local, national, and international community.

Previously, Dr. Hanan served as Associate Director of the New York Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (1996-1998), where she organized public policy and advocacy programs around issues of pluralism in the Jewish community, Israel, and the Middle East, advanced coalition building with groups of all faiths to address issues of Jewish communal relations, hate crimes legislation, immigration, and public education.

She served as Director/Special Assistant to the President of The Institute on Children and Poverty (1994-96), where she designed educational and programmatic activities for four homeless family shelters, developed curricula and training programs for social service providers, and organized professional staff development symposia and workshops.

During her years as Human Right Specialist for the New York City Commission on Human Rights (1989-1994), she developed curriculum on cultural diversity and conflict resolution, conducted research on bias and anti-Semitism, developed proposals for college multi-cultural programs, women's issues, and leadership training for school personnel and community leaders, and supervised human relations and leadership programs for administrators and students.

As adjunct professor and researcher at The City University of New York (CUNY) (1979-1989), she taught courses in political science focusing on Israel, the Middle East, Political Philosophy, and Public Policy. Dr. Hanan received her Ph.D. and M. Phil. in Political Science from CUNY, and her B.A. summa cum laude in History and Psychology from CCNY.

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.