HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Eric J. Bram
Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Eric J. Bram 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 Bram was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Bram was called to serve Suburban Temple – Kol Ami in Beachwood, OH, on July 1, 2002.
He is a native of Chicago and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. In 1984, he received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, where his Major Concentration was Jewish Religious Education. He was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1985.
After ordination, Rabbi Bram served as Assistant Rabbi and then Associate Rabbi at Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis, from 1985 to 1995. During that time, he also taught at St. Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and St. Louis University Medical School, conducting classes in Jewish Life and Thought, Jewish Religious Philosophy, and “Working with Dying Patients and Their Families” from 1985 to 1995. He was a Chaplain at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, IL, from 1991 to 1995. In 1995, Rabbi Bram became Senior Rabbi of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, where he served until 2002.
Rabbi Bram has been and remains very active in community organizations. He currently serves as a Commission Member of the Union for Reform Judaism/Central Conference of American Rabbis Joint Commission on Outreach and Membership. Rabbi Bram serves as a Board Member of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and is a Board Member of the American Jewish Committee’s Cleveland Chapter. He served as a Vice President of the AJC St. Louis Chapter and as President of the Missouri Chapter of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Rabbi Bram was President of the St. Louis and Indianapolis Boards of Rabbis, and currently is on the faculty of Goldman Union Camp-Institute, in Zionsville, IN. He is on the Advisory Committee of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies Akiva High School Program.
Rabbi Bram and his wife, Debbie, have two children, Jessica and Daniel. They make their home in Solon, OH.
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