HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Jonathan Magidovitch

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Jonathan Magidovitch with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati).  Rabbi Magidovitch was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Magidovitch devoted his professional life to the Jewish people and in particular to the service of it through Congregation B’nai Torah.  He came to this congregation upon his ordination at HUC-JIR and formerly held the senior Rabbi position.

With such time as his pastoral life allows, he has a strong interest in interfaith work.  He was and will again be the President of his local interfaith clergy, SELCCA (Southeast Lake County Clergy Association). 

Rabbi Magidovitch taught History of Judaism, Holocaust, and Bible courses at Barat College. 

He served on the board of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center for the Study of Eastern European Judaism, teaching Polish priest professors about contemporary Jewish life by bringing them to the Chicago area where they could study and meet Jewish people active in congregational and communal life.

Rabbi Magidovitch took the coursework for a Ph.D. in public heath with a focus in community health science.  He uses this education as the management model for his congregational work.  Through this academic work, he became interested in parish nursing and brought a caring community model to his congregation.

He has been an advocate for Israel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for many years.  He hopes that the US-Israel relationship will continue to be strong, warm, and beneficial to both countries.  He is currently serving on the National Council of AIPAC.

Rabbi Magidovitch is currently working on two books: The Rooms of Heaven and Bible Stories Revisited.

Please click here to view the national invitation for event details.


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