HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Jonathan Rubenstein

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein 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 Rubenstein will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein has served since 1986 as co-rabbi of Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs, NY, with Rabbi Linda Motzkin. He was ordained in 1986 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Rabbi Rubenstein is part-time Pastoral Care Director at Four Winds–Saratoga, a private psychiatric hospital.

Rabbi Rubenstein is a member of the Capital District Board of Rabbis and of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities.  Rabbi Rubenstein is a past co-chair of the 2010 United Jewish Federation Saratoga campaign. He serves as volunteer chaplain at Saratoga Hospital; in addition, Rabbi Rubenstein currently serves as the secretary of the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. He has been involved in numerous community organizations. Rabbi Rubenstein has served on the Board of the Saratoga County N.A.A.C.P., the Saratoga Housing Improvement Project and the Franklin Community Center. He previously served as a chaplain at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility and at Conifer Park.

Rabbi Rubenstein is a bread maker and baking teacher who operates a non-profit, charitable bakery, “Slice of Heaven Breads,” out of the Temple Sinai kitchen. In 2004, Rabbis Motzkin and Rubenstein founded the Bread and Torah Project, through which they offer hands-on programs based on their scribal arts and bakery activities. Together they have given Bread and Torah presentations at conferences, colleges, and retreats, and worked with church and synagogue education programs (youth and adult), school groups, scout troops, civic organizations, agencies serving adults and youth with disabilities, and facilities for seniors.

Rabbis Motzkin and Rubenstein are the parents of Rachel (Ruhi) Sophia, a 2007 Smith College graduate now enrolled at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Ari Shalom, a senior at Brown University, and Shira Bracha, a sophomore at Brandeis University.

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


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu