HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to :Susan G. Warshell

Friday, May 7, 2010

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

Rabbi Warshell, a native of Highland Park, IL, graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976, and attended Brandeis University, where she received a combined B.A. in both History and Psychology.  All her life she wanted to be a rabbi, even before the first woman was ordained, and achieved her goal in 1985 when she was ordained at HUC-JIR.  Her rabbinate has taken her to congregations in New Jersey (Short Hills and Morristown) and Brooklyn, NY, before she returned to the Chicago area to continue her ministry in her home area.  She ahs served part time at B’nai Torah in Highland Park and at Beth Shalom in DeKalb, IL.  Currently, Rabbi Warshell is a freelance rabbi, conducting life cycle events, as well as a fiber artist, focusing on Jewish ritual items.  In addition, she works with North Shore School District 112’s PASK (Partnership, Advocacy, and Support for Kids) organization promoting understanding for children with developmental disabilities.  Rabbi Warshell, her husband Seth Charnes, CPA, and their two children reside in Highland Park.

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