Michael J. Halpern Inducted into Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, June 15, 2015

[From left] Andrew R. Berger, Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors; Rabbi Denise L. Eger; Cary Davidson; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, HUC-JIR President; Michael J. Halpern; and Laurence Tarica.

Michael J. Halpern, Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Dorchester, was inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in New York on June 8, 2015.

“Michael Halpern’s commitment to the Reform Movement and the Jewish people is a source of strength to our mission, as we prepare the professional and spiritual leaders for North American and world Jewry,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.

Halpern co-founded Dorchester. His current affiliation is with Dorchester Capital Advisors, a successor entity to Dorchester Partners.  He has been an advisor to Matterhorn Partners, L. P., a fund of hedge funds, since its inception in 1996 and was the founder and portfolio manager of Dorchester Partners, L. P., an investment partnership with a long/short investment strategy, from 1992 to 1999.  Prior to these roles, he was Vice President of Investments and Mergers and Acquisitions at Pacific Holding Company, Inc. from 1986 to 1991.  He began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1983.  He received a B.S. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

Halpern is a former member of Wilshire Blvd Temple in Los Angeles and served on its Board, and is currently affiliated with University Synagogue in Brentwood.  He is a past co-chair of LA Couples, which is a Federation organization, and is a supporter of several Jewish organizations, including AIPAC, Skirball Center, Hillel, and Birthright.

Halpern and his wife, Nancy, a pediatrician, are the parents of two children.

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