Gloria R. Lipson, L.I.S.W., Inducted Onto Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

From left: Irwin Engelman; Gloria R. Lipson, L.I.S.W.; and Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D.

Gloria R. Lipson, L.I.S.W., a prominent leader of the Cincinnati Jewish and civic community, was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its meeting in Cincinnati on June 9, 2014. Actively involved with HUC-JIR for nearly forty years, Lipson has served as an Associate Professor supervising rabbinical students on the Cincinnati campus, as a docent at its Skirball Museum, as a Member of the Pastoral Counseling Committee and Admissions Commitee, and as a generous supporter, together with her late husband, Alvin Lipson, z”l, who served on the Board of Govenors for ten years.

“Gloria Lipson’s deep involvement and support of HUC-JIR’s students and programs demonstrates her tremendous commitment to developing capable and caring leaders for the Reform Movement and the Jewish people,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, HUC-JIR President.

For twenty years, Lipson had a clinical social work private practice in Cincinnati.  She also served as a Senior Caseworker for Jewish Family Service, Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Social Work, and Co-Director and Founder of the Alan R. Mack Parent Center.

Lipson received her B.S.W. (1967) and M.S.W. (1972) from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and was affiliated with the Ohio Society of Clinical Social Work, National Association of Social Workers, and Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.  

Among Lipson’s extensive communal involvements, she has served as a Trustee and Member of The Choral Society of The Palm Beaches and Board Member of Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. She was a singer in One Voice and a founding member of Social Venture Partners.  She was co-founder of Wise Temple Dateline, a dating initiative for Louisville, Lexington, Dayton, and Cincinnati. She served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council and  as a Trustee of Isaac M. Wise Temple. She served on the Advisory Board of the City of Cincinnati Department of Human Services and the Adolescent Clinic of Children’s Hospital Cincinnati. She was Vice President of the National Council of Jewish Women and of Hillel, University of Cincinnati.  


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