HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa, to: Steven E. Steinbock, RJE

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Steven E. Steinbock with the Doctor of Jewish Religious Education at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.  Steve was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Steve attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion in 1982.  After graduating, Steve spent a year at the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR, followed by two years at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where he received an MA in Jewish Education.

Steve served as Director of Education at emple Israel in Stockton, CA, and at Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, VA.  While in Virginia, he met his wife, Sue, who at the time was serving as a physician at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA.  In 1991, the couple moved to Yarmouth, ME, where Steve began writing full time.  Steve has written three books for URJ Press: Torah: The Growing Gift (1998), The Gift of Wisdom (2001), and There Words Upon Our Heart: A Lexicon of Judaism and World Religions (2004), as well as numerous discussion guides and artcles for the Reform Movement and its websites.  Steve is also a nationally recognized authority on mystery and detective fiction.  He has written for the PortlandPress Herald, The Armchair Detective, Mystery Readers Journal, and Ellery Queen’s Myster Magazine.  He is a contributing editor for AudioFile Magazine and is the review editor for The Strand magazine.  Steve is a memer of Mystery Writers of America and serves as the current President of the International Association of Crime Writers.


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