HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to David J. Meyer

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi David J. Meyer with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.  Rabbi Meyer was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi David J. Meyer was called to the pulpit of Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead in the fall of 1992.  Ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986, Rabbi Meyer served for six years as the Associate Rabbi of the historic Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, California.  He later received his Masters of Theology Degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1996, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Spertus Institute, Chicago.

Rabbi Meyer's sermons and articles have appeared regularly in magazines and rabbinic journals, and his pioneering work in the area of synagogue outreach to the Jewish single and young adult population earned national recognition.  He is the author of the acclaimed textbook on Jewish ethics, The Rabbinic Driving Manual: A Jewish Guide to Driver’s Education.

In addition to his pulpit and pastoral duties, Rabbi Meyer is active in a wide variety of community activities and organizations on Boston's North Shore.  He is a Past-President of the North Shore Rabbinical Association, and also of the Marblehead Ministerial Association. In addition, Rabbi Meyer has served as a member of the Essex County Anti-Crime Council, and is currently on the Board of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore.

Rabbi Meyer is a founding Board Member of “Art a la Carte”, a charitable organization that delivers artwork to the hospital rooms of long-term cancer patients.  For ten years, he was a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital “Miles for Miracles” Marathon Team.  He sits on the national U.J.C. Rabbinic Cabinet, and is a recipient of the prestigious Community Rabbinic Leadership Award.  In 2006, Rabbi Meyer received the Leonard P. Zakim Humanitarian Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

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


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