HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa, to Dale Glasser

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Dale Glasser with the Doctor of Jewish Communal Service at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on Monday, May 17, 2010 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles).  Glasser was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Mr. Glasser serves as Lead Specialist for the Congregational Consulting Group.  In that capacity, Mr. Glasser shares supervision of a talented group of expert specialists who work to build and strengthen congregations in all areas of synagogue life.

Mr. Glasser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Culture from the University of California at Irvine; a Master of Science degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton; a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California; and a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR.

Before joining the Union staff in 1996, Mr. Glasser spent over twenty years working in Jewish communities in Southern California.  His experiences include directing the first Jewish Community Center Day Camp in Orange County, CA, serving as a regional coordinator for Jewish Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, and serving as Assistant Executive Director of Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles.

Mr. Glasser has spoken and presented workshops throughout North America to congregational leaders, national and regional URJ Conventions, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the National Association of Temple Administrators, and the leadership of Women of Reform Judaism and Men of Reform Judaism.  He served as contributor and executive editor of the UAHC/NATA Temple Management Manual, a more than 700 page resource for congregations and several other Department publications on various topics including Making a Difference: The URJ Presidents’ Manual and Managing the Sacred: A Guide For Synagogue Board Members.  In April, 2004, he was a featured presenter at the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s first Conference of the Jewish Communities in the Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mr. Glasser has served as a lecturer in the graduate School of Counseling and School of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and a fieldwork instructor for HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Communal Service, University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Social Welfare.  Mr. Glasser taught religious school for twelve years, conducted numerous parent education and staff training workshops, and wrote and presented family education units for the Los Angeles Bureau of Jewish Education.

Mr. Glasser’s volunteer experience includes serving as President of Congregation Kol Tivkah in Woodland Hills, CA, a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, and President of the Jewish Communal Professional of Southern California.  He is currently a member of Woodlands Community Temple in Westchester County, NY, and has served as a member of their nominating committee.  He is also a past co-chair of the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service Alumni Association.

Mr. Glasser’s honors and awards include participating in the Sherman Seminar for Outstanding Young Jewish Professionals at Brandeis University, attending a Wexner Seminar in Israel for Jewish Community Center executives, and receiving the Tikkun Olam Award for Community Service from North Valley Jewish Community Center.  Mr. Glasser has also served as Alumni Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.  He was honored in 2005 by the National Association of Temple Administrators for ten years of partnership with that organization.

Mr. Glasser is the proud parent of two brilliant and adorable young adults, Maya, 20, and Zachary, 16.


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