HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Jordan Matthew Parr

Friday, May 6, 2011

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

Rabbi Jordan Matthew Parr, M.A.H.L. is known as a visionary rabbi.  Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986, Rabbi Parr has led congregations in Dallas, TX, Augusta, GA, and Plano, TX.  Formerly an adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of North Texas, he has taught courses in Holocaust, Jewish History, and Zionism on the university level.  Widely published in the field of medical ethics, Rabbi Parr has published articles in such wide-ranging areas such as abortion, active euthanasia, the environment, special needs, camping, and the relationship of Judaism to baseball.  

Currently Rabbi Parr is a Sales Supervisor with Dignity Memorial, a national funeral and cemetery provider, with five funeral homes in the Dallas area, including Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home and Cemetery and the Ted Dickey Funeral Homes in Plano, Texas.

Rabbi Parr has also served on numerous boards and committees, both in the Jewish community and in the not for profit world.  He has also been an innovator in the field of Jewish education, instituting a radically innovative High School program in his former synagogue and serving on the faculty of several Jewish camps.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rabbi Parr is also a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA, History cum laude, 1980).  He lives in Plano with his wife and two daughters.

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


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