HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Ellen A. Greenspan

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Ellen A. Greenspan 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 Greenspan was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Ellen A. Greenspan serves, and has served since 1992, as the rabbi of Temple Micah in Lawrenceville, NJ, an unaffiliated liberal synagogue that prides itself on its relationship with the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, which has been the Temple's home for 40 years and on not requiring tickets for the High Holy Days. 

Rabbi Greenspan is the Assistant Director of Marketing at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union in West Orange, NJ, where she has worked in various capacities for eight years. 

Rabbi Greenspan was ordained in 1986 at HUC-JIR/New York.  She received her MA in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR's Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 1985 and her AB with Honors in Religion from Smith College.

Rabbi Greenspan has served on the Board of the Hebrew Academy of Morris County, a community day school in Randolph, NJ, where she lives.  She is also an active member of Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit, NJ, and is the proud parent of a daughter who is a senior in high school at Solomon Schecter.

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


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