Howard I. Friedman, Chair, Skirball Cultural Center, and National Civic Leader, : Receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from :Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Howard I. Friedman, Chair, Skirball Cultural Center, and National Civic Leader, received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremony in Los Angeles.  The convocation took place at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Jack H. Skirball Campus (3077 University Avenue) on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 3 pm.

Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, stated, "Howard I. Friedman demonstrates a deep attachment to the Jewish people and their survival, which has been manifested in his personal and professional commitments throughout his life.  His life bespeaks the ideals of our faith.  His combination of courage, mirrored in his personal commitment and moral strength, has made him a compelling voice in the world of law."

Friedman has exemplified his dedication to the education of Jewish leaders, first as a member and Chairman of the Los Angeles Board of Overseers, and then as a member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  As a generous philanthropist, Friedman has dedicated himself to the advancement of cultural and societal values as the Chair of the Skirball Cultural Center since its inception.

Friedman attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Chicago.  He graduated from the Yale University Law School in 1952.

Click here to view the National 2011 Graduation/Ordination/Investiture press release.

Click here to view the invitation.


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