HUC-JIR Inducts New Members to the Board of Governors

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

From left: Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President; Rabbi Marcus Burstein; Isabel Dunst; and Andrew R. Berger, Chair, Board of Governors

HUC-JIR inducted two new members to its Board of Governors at its meeting at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles on February 9, 2015:

Isabel Dunst, a prominent attorney and distinguished leader of the Reform Movement:

“Isabel Dunst brings to HUC-JIR a great depth of knowledge and understanding acquired through her years of devoted service on the Board of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), where she has held many key leadership positions, and as the Former President of a Temple Sinai, a renowned Reform synagogue in Washington, DC,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.  “Her commitment to Reform Judaism, coupled with her legal expertise, will be a tremendous source of guidance as we advance HUC-JIR’s sacred mission of preparing leaders for the Jewish people.”

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Rabbi Marcus Burstein, N '99, D.Min. '04, an esteemed rabbinical alumnus of the College-Institute:

“Rabbi Marcus Burstein has provided dynamic leadership on our Rabbinic Alumni Association, engaged his ordination classmates to provide vital scholarship support to our students, and provided invaluable mentorship to our rabbinical students in their student pulpits,” stated Rabbi Panken. “His extensive expertise in pastoral care and counseling, coupled with his profound commitment to the Reform Movement and the Jewish people, is a source of inspiration as we advance HUC-JIR’s mission.”


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.