Howard Gellis Inducted onto Board of Overseers at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, September 1, 2008

Howard Gellis of Short Hills, NJ, was inducted onto the Board of Overseers at the New York School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on September 21, 2008.


(Board of Overseer Member Howard Gellis, Board Chair Marjorie Miller, and Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean, HUC-JIR/NY)

Gellis is a prominent lay leader of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) in South Orange, NJ, where he has served in a variety of capacities on its Board, including Vice President of Finance and President of the Board of Governors of the Gates of Israel Foundation of TSTI. Gellis recently retired as the Senior Managing Director for The Blackstone Group. 

Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean of HUC-JIR/New York, said, "Howard Gellis's expertise in both the business and Jewish communal world will be a source of invaluable assistance as we strive to strengthen our academic programs, faculty, and resources on our campus."

"I'm honored to join the Board of Overseers of this terrific institution, which plays a critical role in educating clergy that are central to the continuation of our local Jewish communities," said Gellis. 

The Board of Overseers provides support and guidance for the academic and cultural programs of the HUC-JIR's 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, 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