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Debbi K. Sorrentino Inducted into Board of Governors Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Debbie Sorrentino

Debbi K. Sorrentino, Chair of our Central Region Board of Overseers and a distinguished leader of the Dallas Jewish community, was inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting on October 21, 2018 in Cincinnati.

“Debbi Sorrentino brings a passionate commitment to Jewish learning and leadership through her dedicated service to HUC-JIR,” stated Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Interim President and Chancellor Emeritus. “Her inspiring leadership, institutional planning skills, and insightful vision for the Jewish future will provide valuable wisdom and expertise to guide HUC-JIR’s mission.”

A member of the Central Region Board of Overseers since 2007, Sorrentino has chaired Task Forces to raise awareness of HUC-JIR in the Central region, served on the Dean’s Search Advisory and Transition Committee, served on the governance task force of the Board of Governors, and coached senior rabbinical students for their placement interviews.

As President of Temple Shalom in Dallas, TX (2004-2006), she hired the Senior Rabbi, Executive Director, and Assistant Rabbi, launched the Strategic Planning Council to address demographic changes and long-term financial sustainability issues, and launched an annual fund campaign that continues to the present day. She was the Chair of the Capital and Endowment Campaign at Temple Shalom (2007-2011) and successfully raised $5 million to renovate the building and increase the endowment. She currently serves as a Leadership Development Advisor at Temple Shalom (2012 to present). Sorrentino was a member of the Dallas Jewish Federation’s Congregational Leadership Initiative.

Among her professional activities, Sorrentino has been involved in sales and marketing for Anago International, Coral Springs, FL, financial sector sales for Pitney-Bowes, Valhalla, NY, and market research for consumer services and goods at RAC Information Systems, Great Neck, NY.

Sorrentino received her B.B.A. in Marketing from Hofstra University (1979), graduated the Melton School with the Honu Frankel Award in recognition of dedication to Jewish education (2009), and participated in the Gesher Program for Melton School graduates with rabbis from all streams of Judaism (2010-2011).

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.