Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Norman Mark Klein 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 Klein was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Klein, the Rabbi of Sinai Temple since August 1, 1995, was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1985. He was rabbi of Temple Ohav Shalom, Allison Park, PA, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, from 1985 to 1991, and the rabbi of Temple Rodef Shalom, Waco, Texas, from 1991 to 1995.
Rabbi Klein came to rabbinic school with an interest in literature, having done graduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington (ABD in the PhD program of the English Department), his thesis work on the subject of the interaction of character and place in contemporary novels set in exotic places. His rabbinic thesis focuses on a contemporary Israeli novel.
Under Rabbi Klein’s tenure AT Sinai Temple, the congregation has instituted, among other things, Mitzvah Day (social action in the community), Mitzvot Committees (acts of loving-kindness within the community), congregational trips to Israel, and a variety of minyanim so that there is now a service every Shabbat morning as well as Erev Shabbat and the Jewish holidays.
He is president of the MWARR (Midwest Association of Reform Rabbis), and a member of the national board of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis). Rabbi Klein is also active in CARR (Chicago Assocation of Reform Rabbis), the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and ecumenical organizations in Champaign-Urbana.
His wife, Andrea Klein, PhD, is Head Clinical Psychologist at Carle Clinic Association. They have two children: Samuel, a sophomore at Cornell University, and Sarah, a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at George Mason University.