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Dr. Walter Homolka to Receive Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Graduation Ceremonies

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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 Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Dr. Walter Homolka, Executive Director of Abraham Geiger College in Berlin. The degree will be granted at HUC-JIR’s New York Graduation ceremony on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.


In addition to serving as professor at Potsdam University and Rector at Abraham Geiger College, Germany's only rabbinical seminary, Dr. Homolka is a member of the Executive Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.  He received his Ph.D. at King's College in London, and was ordained by the Leo Baeck College.


Rabbi Ellenson said, “Dr. Homolka is the foremost spokesperson for liberal Jewish education in post-Holocaust Germany.  His dedication to the ideals of religion have made him an emissary of Jewish-Christian dialogue and his numerous honors reflect the scope of his contributions to European Jewry.”


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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 men and women for service to 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.