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Julie A. Vanek, RJE, Inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Julie A. Vanek, RJE, was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on May 4, 2009 at HUC-JIR’s New York campus.


“Julie Vanek is a distinguished alumnus who is dedicated to advancing the vital role of educators in the Jewish community.  We look forward to her vision and guidance, as a member of our Board of Governors, in sustaining HUC-JIR’s mission of training leaders for the Jewish people,” said Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President. 


Vanek, who earned Masters Degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, is the Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning at Temple Shalom in Newton, Massachusetts, a position she has held since 1988. 


Vanek serves as the Vice-Chairperson for HUC-JIR’s Alumni Council and is the representative from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education (RHSOE) Alumni Association.  She also serves on the RHSOE Alumni Association’s Executive and Development Committees.  Vanek was nominated to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Temple Educators in 1992, and served as its President from 2001-2003.


Vanek received her B.A. in Art History and French Literature from Smith College in 1984 and earned a certificate in Advanced Studies in Jewish School Administration from Hebrew College in 1992.  She was awarded the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) in 1990.


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. 

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.