HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Joshua S. Taub - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Joshua S. Taub

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Joshua S. Taub 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 Taub was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Taub was born and reared in central New Jersey.  He graduated from Livingston College at Rutgers University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in American History.  Rabbi Taub has studied extensively in Israel.  He was an Eisendrath International Exchange student in high school, a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and completed his first year of seminary at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.

Rabbi Taub earned his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1984 and was ordained in 1985 from HUC-JIR.  Rabbi Taub has served congregations in Longview and Taco, TX; Kansas City and St. Louis, MO; and he is currently serving Temple Emanuel in Beaumont, TX.

“I have been privileged and blessed to be present for and with families and individuals during their greatest moments of joy and of their most challenging moments of struggle and pain.  I have learned much from my congregants and my students, and my life has been touched by others in ways I haven’t yet discovered.”

Rabbi Taub was one of the members of his ordination class who were willing to officiate at interfaith marriages immediately upon ordination.  An unintended result of this decision has been the many opportunities to work with the interfaith community.  “Throughout my journey, I have worked hard to remove barriers, increase understanding, and embrace the differences that make us unique in God’s eyes, and make our country great.”

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 leaders to serve 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.