Joan Pines (center) with Rabbi David Ellenson and Barbara Friedman, Chair, at her induction onto the Board of Governors
Joan Pines was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on March 9, 2009 at HUC-JIR’s campus in Los Angeles. Since July 1, 2008, Pines has served as the Chair of the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati School.
Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, “Joan Pines brings great knowledge and experience as a national leader of the Reform Movement, Judaic studies educator, and advocate for the Jewish future. We look forward to her wisdom and guidance, as we advance the mission of our institution: preparing leaders for the Jewish people.”
Pines received the B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan (1957) and the Bachelor of Jewish Studies from Spertus College of Jewish Studies (1982). She has taught Jewish studies for fourteen years at various synagogues, Jewish community centers, and retirement homes, mostly under the auspices of the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning.
In 1972 she was a founding member of her synagogue, Am Shalom, in Glencoe, IL, where she became President in 1976 and where she has served on virtually all congregational committees, including serving as Chair of the Rabbinical Search Committee for the present rabbi, Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein. For the past four years, she has co-chaired the Campaign Committee for the synagogue’s new building, scheduled to open in July 2008. Upon her synagogue’s joining the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in 1986, Pines became active on a regional level, becoming Regional President in 1996. She has served on the URJ North American Board since 1994 in a number of positions, ranging from Chair of Adult Jewish Growth and Chair of the Trustees Committee to Vice-Chair of the Development Committee, among several other committees.
Pines has been a member of the HUC-JIR Cincinnati Board of Overseers since 2004, serving mainly as the Chair of the Overseer Committee, which monitors the experience of Overseers, provides mentoring and orientation to the Board of Overseers, and consults with Cincinnati professionals in the development of Overseer meetings.
HUC-JIR’s Board of Governors, comprised of distinguished communal and civic leaders and HUC-JIR alumni, is invested with the governance of the College-Institute’s four campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York.