Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Darryl P. Crystal with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Rabbi Crystal was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Crystal is an Interim Rabbi who guides congregations that are in transition between permanent rabbis. Since 2004 he has served temples in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. He is currently working with Har Sinai Congregation, MD.
Rabbi Crystal served North Shore Synagogue, in Syosset, NY, a 950 household congregation, as the Senior and Associate Rabbi from 1985-2003. He created an institute for adult Jewish learning which featured speakers, classes, and study groups and a nationally recognized youth group program which at its peak had over 400 members.
Social justice is a cornerstone of Rabbi Crystal’s rabbinate. He has worked on issues including immigration reform, the abolition of torture, reproductive rights, and marriage equity. He is a member of Rabbis for Human Rights, has worked with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, in Chicago, and was an Eisendrath Intern at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, in Washington, DC.
Rabbi Crystal is devoted to Jewish learning. He was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1985. He has studied with the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Hebrew College, in Boston, Gratz College, and teachers in the Bratslav and Chabad Hasidic communities.
A commitment to youth is a hallmark of Rabbi Crystal’s work. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Youth for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and a member of the Union for Reform Judaism Youth Committee. He has served on the staff at four URJ camps.