HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Eve Ben-Ora

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jack H. Skirball Campus.  Ben-Ora will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora is the Jewish Educator at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.  Previously, she served as the Director of Jewish Education at the Houston Jewish Community Center from 1996-2006.  During that time, she was the Director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School as well as one of the teachers.  In 1999, Ben-Ora was named FMAMS Distinguished Director.  Ben-Ora has served as Associate Rabbi and Director of Education and Programs at Congregation Emanuel in Denver, CO.  She has been the President of the Jewish Educators Council and was the first female president of The Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council in Denver.

Ben-Ora was ordained at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 1986.  She has a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR.  She earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Arizona in Russian Language and Judaic Studies.  Ben-Ora is the 2002 recipient of the Houston Bureau of Jewish Education's Yavneh Award for Jewish Educational Leadership.  In Houston, she served as Chaplain of the Congregation Beth El Holy Rollers cycling team.  Most recently, she was invited to be a Rabbinic Fellow for Rabbis Without Borders.

Ben-Ora is married to Rabbi Avi Schulman, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Torah in Fremont, CA. They are proud parents of Naomi, Carmi, and Rebecca.

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


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