Dr. Paul M. Steinberg posthumously to Receive 2006 Bernard Heller Prize at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Graduation Ceremony

Monday, April 3, 2006

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), New York, will award Dr. Paul M. Steinberg posthumously, the Dr. Bernard C. Heller Prize at its graduation ceremony at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2006 at Congregation Emanu-El of the city of New York. Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR, will confer the honor to his wife Trudy Steinberg. 

Rabbi, teacher, mentor, Dean, and Vice President of the College-Institute, Dr. Paul Steinberg 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 served as Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Education in Human Relations, Vice President for Communal Development, Chairman of Faculty of the NY School and on the Boards of the Jewish Braille Institute, the Albright Institute of Archaeology in Jerusalem, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and Dorot. He was 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 taught at Hebrew University, New York University, Baruch College, the Department of Defense and the Army Management School. Dr. Steinberg is survived by his wife of 58 years, Trudy Strudler Steinberg; a daughter, Alana Wittenberg of Los Angeles; a son, Dr. Alan L. of Stony Brook, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. 

The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization whose work, writings, or research reflects the values and commitment to the betterment of humanity. Initiated in 1990, previous recipients of the $10,000 award include Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus; Bernard Marks, captain of the ship Exodus; Serge Klarsfeld and Raul Hilberg, Holocaust historians; Ambassador Uri Lubrani of Israel, architect of the airlift rescue of Ethiopian Jewry; The Jewish Museum in Prague; Edgar M. Bronfman; Thomas L. Friedman, architect Daniel Libeskind and Yale President Richard C. Levin. This year, HUC-JIR will add another well-deserved recipient to this impressive list. 

For any additional information, please contact Rachel Litcofsky at (212) 824-2205.


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