“Music of the Night" Honors Rabbi David Ellenson and Sue Neuman Hochberg

Thursday, February 20, 2014

From left: Andrew R. Berger, Chairman-Elect, Board of Governors; Irwin Engelman, Chairman, Board of Governors; Sue Neuman Hochberg, Chair, Western Region Board of Overseers; Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Chancellor; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President; and Joshua Holo, Ph.D., Dean

On February 9, Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Chancellor, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and Sue Neuman Hochberg, Chair, HUC-JIR Western Region Board of Overseers, were given a joyful musical tribute at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

Over 650 people came to celebrate Dr. Ellenson’s four-decade career as beloved teacher and President of the College-Institute and to honor Hochberg’s inspiring leadership with HUC-JIR and the Los Angeles Jewish community.

Rabbi Uri Herscher, Founding President and Chief Executive officer of the Skirball Cultural Center, and Rabbi David Ellenson

The evening’s theme, “Music of the Night,” was hosted by Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, with tributes by Rabbi Lewis Barth, Professor Emeritus; Rabbi Uri Herscher, founding president and chief executive officer of the Skirball Cultural Center; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President; and Joshua Holo, Ph.D., Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles, HUC-JIR.

Cantor Evan Kent, cantor emeritus, Temple Isaiah and HUC-JIR retired faculty, designed and orchestrated the musical tribute featuring the cantorial graduates of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and an international cast of cantors, students and rabbis. Wit and passion ruled the program - from a humorous HUC-JIR “fight song” to heartfelt Broadway shows tunes lovingly sung by the many talented musicians of our community. It was a night to remember.

We are grateful to everyone who gave of his or her time and talent to make this a heartfelt tribute to Rabbi David Ellenson’s and Sue Neuman Hochberg’s inspiring leadership.


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 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