Joan Pines Appointed Chair of Board of Overseers of the Cincinnati School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Barbara Friedman, Chair of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has appointed Joan Pines as the new Chair of the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR's Cincinnati School, as of July 1, 2008. 

In announcing this appointment, Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, "It is an honor to welcome Joan Pines as the incoming Chair of our Cincinnati Board of Overseers. We will benefit from her insight and experience as a national leader of the Reform Movement, Judaic studies educator, and advocate for the Jewish future, as we advance the mission of our institution: preparing leaders for the Jewish people." 

Joan Pines noted, "I am looking forward to this new challenge and the opportunity to work closely with the wonderful, committed leaders of the College-Institute. The Board's trip to Israel last November enabled me to witness the transformative impact of our Jerusalem School and opened my eyes to the vital role that HUC-JIR is playing in strengthening the future of Reform Judaism in Israel and in North America. These goals put HUC-JIR at the top of my list." 

Pines received the B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan (1957) and the Bachelor of Jewish Studies from Spertus College of Jewish Studies (1982). She has taught Jewish studies for fourteen years at various synagogues, Jewish community centers, and retirement homes, mostly under the auspices of the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning. 

In 1972 she was a founding member of her synagogue, Am Shalom, in Glencoe, IL, where she became President in 1976 and where she has served on virtually all congregational committees, including serving as Chair of the Rabbinical Search Committee for the present rabbi, Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein. For the past four years, she has co-chaired the Campaign Committee for the synagogue's new building, scheduled to open in July 2008. Upon her synagogue's joining the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in 1986, Pines became active on a regional level, becoming Regional President in 1996. She has served on the URJ North American Board since 1994 in a number of positions, ranging from Chair of Adult Jewish Growth and Chair of the Trustees Committee to Vice-Chair of the Development Committee, among several other committees. 

Pines has been a member of the HUC-JIR Cincinnati Board of Overseers since 2004, serving mainly as the Chair of the Overseer Committee, which monitors the experience of Overseers, provides mentoring and orientation to the Board of Overseers, and consults with Cincinnati professionals in the development of Overseer meetings. 

Pines succeeds Robin Harvey, who served as Chair of the Cincinnati Board of Overseers from 2004 to 2008. 

HUC-JIR has a Board of Overseers, comprised of distinguished communal leaders of the Reform Movement, for each of its campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York. The Boards of Overseers are concerned with aid and support of HUC-JIR and the management of their respective schools, subject to the Board of Governors. As Chair of the Board of Overseers of the New York School, Joan Pines will serve as a member of the Board of Governors, where she will report on the Cincinnati campus.

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.