Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) formally announced the creation of the Rabbi David E. Stern Endowed Scholarship at a congregational ceremony at Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas, on Friday, April 20th.
Members of Temple Emanu-El established the Scholarship to honor Rabbi David E. Stern in recognition of the 18th year since his ordination by HUC-JIR and his 18th anniversary as Temple Emanu-El's congregational leader. The Rabbi David E. Stern Endowed Scholarship will secure, in perpetuity, a full scholarship for an outstanding rabbinical student in need of financial assistance. It will help prepare rabbinical students to follow in Rabbi Stern's footsteps as a leader of the Jewish people.
Rabbi Stern is a graduate of Dartmouth College, received his M. A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR Los Angeles in 1988, and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1989. He presently serves as Vice-Chair of the Reform Jewish Movement's Joint Commission on Social Action and Chair of the Commission's Task Force on Economic Justice. He has also been involved in the leadership of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), chairing its Governance Task Force and serving on the Editorial Board of the CCAR Journal. In addition, Rabbi Stern is on the President's Rabbinic Council of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Stern has also demonstrated his commitment to his local community. He is immediate past chair of the Dallas Faith Communities Coalition as well as the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas. Furthermore, Rabbi Stern serves on the Boards of Community Homes for Adults, Inc., the Dallas Jewish Coalition for the Homeless, and on the Advisory Board of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center.
Commenting on the creation of the Rabbi David E. Stern Endowed Scholarship, Rabbi Stern noted: "I am deeply honored that the relationship that my family and this Temple family have developed over these eighteen years might be expressed in a gift that would make it possible for future students to receive the blessings at HUC-JIR that Nancy [Stern's wife, Rabbi Nancy Kasten] and I have so richly known, and for which we are so deeply grateful."
HUC-JIR is committed to meeting the needs of the Reform Movement for Jewish professionals while maintaining the highest academic standards. It is the center of Reform Jewish education and research, responsible for preparing the movement's rabbis, cantors, communal professionals, and educators. If you would like additional information about the scholarship or HUC-JIR, please contact Cathy Weinberger at HUC-JIR (513) 487-3222 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.