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.