HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Rachel Conrad Hertzman

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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

Rabbi Hertzman received her BA in Judaic Studies from Ohio State University in June, 1980.  From 1980 to 1985, Rabbi Hertzman studied at HUC-JIR, earning Rabbinic Ordination and an MA in Hebrew Letters. 

Rabbi Hertzman is currently a religious school teacher at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, NJ, teaching 7th to 9th grade students in a highly interactive and creative supplementary Jewish educational school.  Previously, from 2004 to 2008, she was the Rabbinic Resource and Youth Educator at CHANA Counseling, Helpline, and Aid Network for Abused Women in Baltimore, MD.  While there, Rabbi Hertzman assisted in training of volunteer counselors and created and implemented teen awareness and prevention workshops under the auspices of the Associated Jewish Community's Response to Domestic Violence. 

Rabbi Hertzman is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, where she served on the CCAR Convention Program Committee in 1999.  She is a member of the Women's Rabbinic Network and the Baltimore Board of Rabbis.  She is the Rabbinic Liaison to the Women's Executive Committee of the Baltimore Associated Jewish Families. 

Rabbi Hertzman explains that her objective is "to inspire students of Judaism in their quest for knowledge and faith."


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