HUC-JIR Honors Dallas Resident Donald J. Stone

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) honored its longtime supporter, Donald J. Stone at a dinner on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at the Westin Park Central hotel in Dallas. Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, paid tribute to Stone for his many years of service to the College-Institute. The featured guest speaker was Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Assistant Professor of Talmud and Halachic Literature and Director of the Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (HUC-UC Ethics Center). Rabbi Alan Fuchs, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Rodolph Shalom, Philadelphia, and Rabbi David E. Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, and his father, Rabbi Jack Stern, participated in the program. 

Donald J. Stone, a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, began his involvement with HUC-JIR in 1982 when he was invited to join the Board of Overseers of its Cincinnati campus. After several years of service to the College Institute, Stone was appointed chair of the Overseers and became a member of the Board of Governors (HUC-JIR's governing board) in 1989, being named an honorary member of the Board of Governors in 2005. He has a very impressive record of community and academic service. Stone chaired both the Dallas and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras Boards and served as a long time chair of the Dallas Symphony Foundation. He is the chair of the $170 million dollar project to renovate and expand the Dallas Central Library, chaired the Board of Sponsors of the East Dallas Community School, and co-chaired the capital campaign to build a new High School for the performing arts. In addition, Stone has been very involved with the Business School at University of Texas, Austin, where he was named to the Business School Hall of Fame. In addition to his volunteer work, Stone's long and successful career in business took him from his beginnings as a buyer for Foley's Basement store in Houston, Texas to Vice Chairman of Federated Department Stores. 

Don Stone has been particular involved in the HUC-UC Ethics Center, a "national resource center for the exploration of critical ethical and moral issues in the areas of law, medicine, religion, and other professions," where he established The Donald J. and Dr. Norma K. Stone Ethics Lecture Fellowship. The Fellowship supports programs that focus on ethical questions relating to social justice. For instance, through the generous support of the Fellowship, the HUC-UC Ethics Center has launched a program encompassing research and publication on the subject of poverty, welfare, and religion. 

A longtime resident of Dallas, Texas, Stone and his wife, Dr. Norma K. Stone, have three children and six grandchildren, and now split their time between Dallas and London with Aspen as their summer escape. 

The event was co-chaired by Evey and Chip Fagadau, Tina and Richard Wasserman, and Peggy and Mark Zilbermann. Irwin Grossman and Morton Meyerson served as honorary co-chairs for the dinner. 

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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 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.