HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa, to Michelle Krotinger Wolf

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Michelle Krotinger Wolf 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).  Wolf was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Wolf is the primary staff liaison to the social services agencies in the Los Angeles Jewish Federation system including Jewish Family Service, Aviva Child and Family Services, Beit T’shuvah, Bet Tzedek, Cedars-Sinai, Gateways, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Free Loan, Jewish Big Brothers, Jewish Vocational Service, and Vista Del Mar, and is also working on three planning initiatives:

  1. Alleviating Jewish Poverty in Los Angeles
  2. Jews with Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs
  3. Holocaust Survivors and Frail Seniors
  4. Fed Up with Hunger

She previously served as Director of Public Policy and Grantwriter for the Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles, Director of the Middle East Commission for the Los Angeles JCRC, and was Press Secretary to Los Angeles City Councilmember Zev Yaroslavsky.

Michelle is a graduate of the double master’s program in Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR and Public Administration at USC and has taught professional development classes through the Center for Non-Profit Management.  Her Bachelor’s degree was in Journalism from California State University, Fullerton, where she was a President’s Scholar.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.