Joan and Phillip Pines School of Graduate Studies Dedicated at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Joan and Phillip Pines School of Graduate Studies Dedicated at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Joan and Phillip Pines School of Graduate Studies (PSGS) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has been named with a transformational gift from Joan Pines and her family, through the Phillip and Joan Pines Charitable Foundation.  The dedication of the Pines School of Graduate Studies was celebrated at a special service at HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus on October 26, 2015. 

“We are tremendously grateful to Joan Pines and her family for their visionary support for our School of Graduate Studies,” said Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President. “The Pines School of Graduate Studies is dedicated to advancing significant Judaic scholarship by graduate students of all faiths who are contributing new understanding of Jewish text, history, and theology while fostering interfaith understanding.”

Joan Pines stated, "I truly believe that the future and continued existence of liberal Judaism in this country and beyond, lies in the hands of HUC-JIR, and by extension, in our hands. This is one of the most important reasons for all of us to continue our support of this amazing institution, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary, and will continue to be here with our help, for many future generations."

The Pines School of Graduate Studies in Cincinnati has a long history of excellence in training scholars. Founded in 1947 by Rabbi Nelson Glueck, Ph.D., as an institution of higher learning for students of all faiths, it has conferred more than 500 M.A., D.H.L., and Ph.D. degrees over the past six decades. The Pines School offers individualized programs leading to the Ph.D. in Judaic and Cognate Studies, with specialization in Hebrew Bible, History of Biblical Interpretation, Jewish Studies in the Greco-Roman Period, Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Thought, and the American Jewish Experience; the M.A. in Jewish Studies; and the Doctor of Hebrew Letters. 

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., Dean of HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, stated, “The Pines School of Graduate Studies defines our Cincinnati campus as an destination for international scholars and researchers. We deeply appreciate the generosity of Joan Pines and her family for their commitment to our vision as a global center for Jewish learning.”  

The Pines’ endowment gift will strengthen The Pines School of Graduate Studies’ mission: the creation and wide dissemination of knowledge about Jews and Judaism both within and beyond the bounds of the American Jewish community. It will also support the Pines School’s larger purpose: to further the academic study of Judaism in the context of religious studies among students of all faiths in a pluralistic learning environment that models and shapes interpersonal and interfaith relationships.

Rabbi Richard Sarason, Ph.D., Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought and The Deutsch Family Professor of Rabbinics and Liturgy, is the Director of the Pines School. An exemplary scholar, teacher, and mentor with expertise in Rabbinics, Liturgy, History, Language and Literature, and Religions, Dr. Sarason will guide and inspire the students of all faiths pursuing graduate programs in the Pines School.

To read Joan Pines’ remarks, please click here.


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 leaders to serve 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, museums, 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