Betty Benjamin to Receive Presidents' Medal at HUC-JIR Graduation Ceremony in Cincinnati - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Betty Benjamin to Receive Presidents' Medal at HUC-JIR Graduation Ceremony in Cincinnati

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), announced that he will present the Presidents' Medal to Betty Benjamin, Former President for the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ).  The award will be granted at HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati Graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at Isaac M. Wise Temple.


Benjamin worked as Director of Development and Planning for HUC-JIR at the Cincinnati campus in the 1980s and 1990s.  She served on the HUC-JIR Board of Governors from 1973-1977.


A native of Chicago, and a graduate of the University of Chicago where she received a B.A. in History, Benjamin moved to Cincinnati in 1942.  Since then, she has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, at Wise Temple, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the UAHC (now the Union for Reform Judaism), the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and the Jewish Braille Institute.


As First Vice President for the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS, now the WRJ), she created the Circle of Service which is the individual donor program of the WRJ's YES Fund, which supports HUC-JIR.  As Vice President, President, and now a Past President of WRJ, she has been instrumental in supporting Capital Campaigns in Israel, including the renovation of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. 


Rabbi Ellenson said, “I am proud to be able to present Betty Benjamin with the Presidents' Medal in honor of her years of service and dedication to the Women of Reform Judaism, HUC-JIR, and the entire Reform Movement.”


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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.