Rabbi James Prosnit '81 Installed as Member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Rabbi James Prosnit '81 Installed as Member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

From left: Andrew Berger, Chair, Board of Governors; Rabbi James Prosnit; Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President

From left: Andrew Berger, Chair, Board of Governors; Rabbi James Prosnit; Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President

Rabbi James Prosnit was installed as a member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in Los Angeles on February 13, 2017. 

“Rabbi Prosnit is a distinguished alumnus whose participation in our President’s Council and leadership of our Rabbinic Alumni Association are indispensable in guiding our mission,” stated Rabbi Aaron Panken, HUC-JIR President. “His devoted leadership of his congregation and social responsibility to his larger community are a source of inspiration for our students.”

Rabbi Prosnit has been Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel of Bridgeport, CT, since 1990. He  previously served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.

He received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and M.A. degrees from New York University (Education) and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Hebrew Literature), was ordained from HUC-JIR in New York in 1981, and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2006.

Since 1990 he has also been an adjunct lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Fairfield University and is a member of the advisory board of the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield.

Among numerous community activities, Rabbi Prosnit is co-chair of the Bridgeport Prospers, Collective Impact Leadership Team organized by the United Way. He is past president and current board member of Connecticut Against Gun Violence and a past chair of Operation Hope, a homeless shelter and social service agency in Fairfield.


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