Barbara B. Dobkin, Chair of the Board of Trustees : of American Jewish World Service, : Received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from : Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Barbara B. Dobkin, Chair of the Board of Trustees of American Jewish World Service, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at HUC-JIR’s Graduation in New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, 10 East 66th Street, New York City.

Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, stated, “Renown for her passionate advocacy on behalf of women’s issues, Barbara Dobkin has been a catalyst in envisioning new directions to enhance women’s leadership, spirituality, and service to humanity.”

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Marietta College in Ohio (1965) who received the Master’s degree from the Boston University School of Social Work (1967), Dobkin became active in the National Organization of Women, worked with the League of Women Voters on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, ran the capital campaign to build the New York State League of Women Voters headquarters, and provided the start-up funding for Center Lane, Westchester’s only center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and gender-questioning adolescents.

She is a Trustee of the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Chair of the Dafna Israeli Fund in Israel.  Dobkin was the founder of Ma’yan, The Jewish Women’s Project; Founding Chair of The Jewish Women’s Archive; and Founding Chair of the Hadassah Foundation.  She has served as a founder and Board member of Advancing Jewish Professionals and the Jewish Community, and has served on the Boards of Women’s Funding Network; The White House Project; the Women Donors Network; and Lilith Magazine. 

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