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Marjorie L. Miller Appointed Chair of Board of Overseers of the New York School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Monday, June 2, 2008

 Barbara Friedman, Chair of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has appointed Marjorie L. Miller as the new Chair of the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR's New York School, as of July 1, 2008. 

In announcing this appointment, Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, "It is a privilege to welcome Marjorie Miller as the incoming Chair of our New York Board of Overseers. Her devotion to the Jewish community, professional expertise in education and social work, and commitment to the Reform Movement will serve as a source of wisdom and guidance as together we advance the mission of our institution: preparing leaders for the Jewish people." Barbara Friedman, Chair of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has appointed Marjorie L. Miller as the new Chair of the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR's New York School, as of July 1, 2008. 

Marjorie Miller stated, "I am honored and excited at this opportunity. HUC-JIR is blessed with inspiring faculty, dynamic leadership, exceptional staff, and outstanding students who as rabbis, cantors, educators and communal professionals represent the best of the present and the hopes of the future." 

Miller received the B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College (1953), the certificate in Educational Psychotherapy from the Center for Preventive Psychiatry (1972), the M.S. in Special Education from the College of New Rochelle (1975), and the M.S.W. from Columbia University School of Social Work (1986). She is a certified by New York State as a Permanent Teacher and Social Worker. 

She has had an extremely varied career, starting as an Early Childhood teacher at Sarah Lawrence; as a consultant at the YWCA, White Plains; providing therapeutic interventions with children at the Center for Preventive Psychiatry; training teachers in Day Care and Head Start programs; as the director of Westchester Ethical Society Nursery School; and serving as a clinical social worker and consultant at Westchester Jewish Community Services, where she provided individual, group, and family therapy, and led groups for families of divorce at Temple Beth El. 

Miller has been a member of the HUC-JIR New York Board of Overseers since 2003 and served as President of Westchester Reform Temple (1998-2001), where she previously held the positions on the Executive Board, Board of Trustees, Rabbinical Search Commitees, and Development and Membership Committees. She is an Honorary Trustee of Sarah Lawrence College, where she served for many years on the Board of Trustees (1983-1991) and as President of Sarah Lawrence College Alumnae/I (1980-1983). 

Her civic activities have included participation in the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College; membership on the Scarsdale Non-Partisan Nominating Committee and Village Board, the Scarsdale School Parent Representative Curriculum Congress, the Parent Teacher Council, Chair of Parent Education at Quaker Ridge, and Vice President and Board member of Quaker Ridge PTA, the League of Women Voters, and the Westchester Women's Board of Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. She has published a short history of Quaker Ridge and District #2, and presented on "The Educational Psychotherapist Functioning as Ombudsman and Other Aspects of a Therapy Program for a Family in Stress" at the American Orthopsychiatric Association Southwest Divisional Meeting. 

Miller succeeds Mark Biderman, who served as Chair of the New York Board of Overseers from 2004-2008. 

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, Marjorie Miller will serve as a member of the Board of Governors, where she will report on the New York campus.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading 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, museums, 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.