HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Bradd H. Boxman

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Rabbi Bradd H. Boxman with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road).  Rabbi Boxman will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Bradd H. Boxman was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  He earned his B.A. (magnum cum laude) at Villanova University with a major in Modern Languages (Spanish and Hebrew) and a minor in Christian Studies.  In 1980 he travelled to the Soviet Union where he secretly visited with Jewish Refusniks.  Bradd began his Rabbinic Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem in 1981.  He was appointed the first student liaison to the UAHC Commission on Social Action.  He was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1986.  Rabbi Boxman began his rabbinic career at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.  While in Indianapolis, Rabbi Boxman distinguished himself by initiating several new programs including: a Soviet Jewry Committee and an award winning family education program entitled, Gesher L’Mishpachah.  Rabbi Boxman was the chairperson of the Indianapolis Board of Rabbis from 1989-90.

In 1990, Rabbi Boxman became the spiritual leader of The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas.  In 1991, Rabbi Boxman established the Interfaith Coalition of St. Thomas/St. John and served as its President from 1991-95.  Rabbi Boxman also initiated a yearlong Bicentennial Celebration for the Hebrew Congregation of The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas as a tribute to the historical contributions of the Jewish community of St. Thomas.  Distinguished participants in the celebration included Elie Wiesel, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Itzhak Perlman, Maya Angelou, and Coretta Scott King. 

Rabbi Boxman and his family moved to Danbury, Connecticut in July, 1996.  There Rabbi Boxman assumed leadership of the United Jewish Center.  He served as an adjunct professor of Jewish History at Western Connecticut University and as Vice President of the Greater Danbury Interfaith Association (ARC). 

In July 2003 Rabbi Boxman assumed leadership of Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, MD as its fifteenth (15) Rabbi dating back to its founding in 1842.  At Har Sinai he established the first ARZA Committee dedicated to connecting Reform Jews to Israel.  He also initiated the David Einhorn Award given annually to lay leaders who model exemplary leadership qualities.

In June 2009, Rabbi Boxman assumed the leadership as Rabbi of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, FL. 

A member of the Central Conference of  American Rabbis (CCAR), Rabbi Boxman is committed to five particular areas of his rabbinate: 1) to be in touch with the needs and desires of his congregation: 2) to function as a teacher and exemplar of Torah: 3) to devote a significant amount of time to issues of social justice: 4) to communicate effectively with his congregation by speaking honestly and passionately about Jewish and social concerns: and 5) above all else, to serve as a mensch: a role model of ethical behavior, moral integrity and compassionate loving kindness.

Rabbi Boxman has been married to Linda for 27 years.  They have 3 daughters, Ariel, Talia, and Ashira.  Ariel is a fourth year student at the HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, OH, where she is studying to be a rabbi.  Talia is a junior at the University of Central Florida and Ashira is a sophomore at Donna Klein Jewish Academy.

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


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