Dr. Ellis Rivkin, z''l, Passed Away on April 7

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s beloved teacher, Dr. Ellis Rivkin, died at 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday evening, April 7, at Cincinnati Jewish Hospital. 

The funeral service will be held this Sunday, April 11, in the Scheuer Chapel at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati campus. The service will begin at noon; the Rivkin family will receive visitors beginning 11:00 a.m.

Immediately following the interment, friends may call on the family at the Evergreen Mansion Room, 230 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH.  Shiva will be observed Sunday through Tuesday, at the residence of Zelda Rivkin (5110 Evergreen Ridge Road).

Dr. Rivkin was the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.  He was born on September 7, 1918 in Baltimore, MD.  He received his BA with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1941 and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1946.  He also attended the Baltimore Hebrew College and was awarded the BHL degree in 1943. In 1962, Dr. Rivkin was awarded a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to do archival research on the role of the Jews in the development of early Capitalism in European archives.  He published five books and wrote more than one hundred articles and reviews on Jewish history and early Christianity.  Dr. Rivkin lectured widely in the US and abroad and was especially active in Christian-Jewish dialogue.

Dr. Rivkin touched and enriched thousands of lives.  His memory will always be a blessing.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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, 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. www.huc.edu