Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D., RJE, was awarded the first-ever Jewish Educational Leadership Award by the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE) in honor of his lifelong work advancing NATE and the field of Jewish education on February 2, 2015, during their Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President, stated, "Sam, as everyone here tonight knows, you are simply a force in Jewish education. From the many, many rabbinical students you have mentored over the years at our campus in Cincinnati, to the extraordinary way you have helped reconceive the teaching of education at HUC-JIR, from the way you have served on committees, spoken at conferences, taught in Jewish communities from Australia and Hong Kong to New York and Los Angeles, to the vast influence you have on schools and congregations around this continent, every day you have helped raise up the vital flag of learning. You are never content to do things as they have always been, instead you reflect and revise, you listen and learn, and you create and share generously new modalities for our schools and our shuls. A tremendously talented, funny, and engaging speaker and teacher, you have enabled us to get beyond the superficial, and to consider what is truly important in the way we teach and speak. I continue, constantly, to be impressed with who you are, and what you bring to our community, and my hope is that God will grant you, Dori, your daughters and your growing cadre of grandchildren, many, many more years of teaching and learning, fulfillment and good health, in all that you do."
Rabbi Joseph serves as the Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. His special interest is how Jewish institutions and organizations, from schools to synagogues to national groups, can be most excellent as they seek to fulfill their mission and vision. Toward this end, Rabbi Joseph works with such groups throughout the world. Most recently he taught at the first rabbinical seminary in Germany since the Holocaust, the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin as the Jacobs Fellow. In past years he worked with the Jewish community in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Argentina. He is the founding rabbi of the liberal congregation in Hong Kong. Rabbi Joseph consults with rabbis, educators, administrators, communal leaders and lay leaders, supporting them as they lead their institutions and organizations. He is the author of four books and more than fifty articles in the area of education and leadership.
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