HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Judith Z. Abrams

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams 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 Abrams was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Abrams is a woman with a mission: she wants to bring the beauty of Rabbinic literature to as many people, and with as much depth, as possible.  To that end, she has published many books on rabbinic literature and liturgies for children.  She earned her Ph.D. in Rabbinic literature from the Baltimore Hebrew University and is the founder and director of Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study where anyone can learn, regardless of their background.  She received the Covenant Award for outstanding performance in the field of Jewish Education and is a commissioned Senior Religious Advisor of the State of Texas.  She lives in Houston with her husband, Steven, and their three children.  She has over 300,000 books in print.

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


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