Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D., Becomes Professor Emeritus in January 2020 - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D., Becomes Professor Emeritus in January 2020

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

HUC-JIR School of Education faculty and Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education (EMA) students toasted Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D., on his retirement from his full-time faculty role during the EMA Israel Seminar, a program Dr. Joseph helped design and teach since its inception. Celebrating over 40 years of service, Dr. Joseph, the Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will continue to teach part-time in the EMA as Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Joseph has earned a reputation as a highly sought-after guide for wise and bold institutional change processes, with expertise in synagogue life and leadership, and organizational dynamics.

Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, National Director of the School of Education, stated, “Sam has been a lynchpin of the EMA. As our students learn how to lead their own organizations, they have benefited deeply from Sam’s decades of experience in communities around the world, navigating the challenges of change.”

In 2015, Dr. Joseph was awarded the first-ever Jewish Educational Leadership Award by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), formerly the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE), in honor of his lifelong work advancing the organization and the field of Jewish education. He has authored four books and over fifty articles on education and leadership.

While Dr. Joseph and his wife Dori will now have more time to enjoy their grandchildren and their recently renovated kitchen, we know that he is still going to be our valued teacher, consultant, and guide, and we have so much to learn from him. Students will still be able to find him and his many books in his office on the Cincinnati campus. We wish him continued fulfillment and happiness in this new chapter of his career! Mazel tov, Dr. Joseph! 


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