Reception Honoring Fourteen Chicago-Area Rabbis with New HUC-JIR Student Scholarship on April 3, 2008; Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D. to Present

Monday, March 3, 2008

A scholarship is being created for HUC-JIR rabbinical students from the Chicago area, in honor of fourteen area Rabbis:

  • Rabbi Howard Berman-Chicago Sinai Congregation
  • Rabbi Herbert Bronstein-North Shore Congregation Israel
  • Rabbi Hillel Gamoran-Beth Tikvah
  • Rabbi Donald Gluckman-Temple Anshe Sholom Beth Torah
  • Rabbi Harold Kudan-Am Shalom
  • Rabbi Robert Marx-Congregation Hakafa
  • Rabbi Herman Schaalman-Emanuel Congregation
  • Rabbi Robert Schreibmen-Temple Jeremiah
  • Rabbi Frederick Schwartz-Temple Sholom
  • Rabbi Mark Shapiro-Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
  • Rabbi Joseph Strauss- Temple Menorah
  • Rabbi Victor Weissberg- Temple Beth El of Chicago
  • Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf-K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation
  • Rabbi Leo Wolkow-B'nai Yehuda Beth Shalom

There will be a dessert reception celebrating the rabbis and the creation of the scholarship April 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm at Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, 1224 Dempster St. Evanston, Illinois. 

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, will recognize the rabbis in attendance for their decades of devoted service to the Jewish people. Rabbi Peter Knobel, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis will also participate. 

Contributions are currently being accepted for the scholarship fund. To make a contribution in honor of one or more of the rabbis, and to make a reservation for the reception, please contact Phyllis Volan at (513) 487-3032 or

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.