Rabbi David Ellenson Joined Albany-Area Rabbis to Honor Memories of Rabbis Isaac Mayer and Stephen Wise

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

<From left to right: Rabbis Matthew Cutler (Congregation Gates of Heaven, Schenectady), Shoshanah King-Tornberg (Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany), Cantor Glenn Groper (Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany), Dr. David Ellenson, (HUC-JIR), Scott Shpeen (Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany), Deborah Gordon (Congregation Berith Shalom, Troy), and Bernard Bloom (Congregation Gates of Heaven, Schenectady).>


Area Reform Rabbis from Albany, New York, joined together in celebrating the annual Union Shabbat Service on Friday, March 28th, honoring the founders of the Reform Rabbinical Seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbis Isaac Mayer Wise and Stephen Wise, during the Shabbat of their yahrzeits. Hosted this year at Congregation Beth Emeth, in conjunction with their 170th anniversary as the oldest Jewish congregation in the Capital District and the fourth oldest Reform congregation in America, the featured speaker was Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the HUC-JIR.

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