Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder Named Director of the Joint Commission on Sustaining Rabbinic Education

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder (HUC-JIR/NY 2006) has been named Director of the Joint Commission on Sustaining Rabbinic Education. Established in 1994, the Joint Commission creates programs for continuing study for CCAR members and for rabbinic and other alumni of HUC-JIR, in partnership with the College-Institute's Department of eLearning. 

Her predecessor, Ellen Nemhauser, will become the Synagogue Educator at Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Abusch-Magder received her PhD from Yale University and has also studied at Brandeis University, Barnard College, and Hebrew University-Jerusalem. She spent the past year as a Mandel fellow in Jerusalem, where her final project wasHomemade Judaism: Enriching Connections and Knowledge Through Experiential Learning

Abusch-Magder is moving to Evanston, Illinois with her husband David, the principal of the Solomon Schecter of Skokie, and children, Oren and Aliza.

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. www.huc.edu