HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Julie S. Schwartz

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Rabbi Julie S. Schwartz 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 Schwartz will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Julie S. Schwartz is a native of Cincinnati, OH.  Earning her undergraduate degree in three years from Northwestern University, Rabbi Schwartz was ordained by HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in 1986.  Following ordination, she became the first woman rabbi to serve as a chaplain in the United States military.  At the conclusion of her three-year tour of duty at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA, she received the Nacy Commendation Medal.

Returning to HUC-JIR in 1989, Rabbi Schwartz held a number of administrative positions while she continued her education in pastoral care and counseling.  She was the third rabbi to earn certification as a Clinical Pastoral Educator.  She then established a course of study in pastoral counseling for rabbinical students at the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR.  When she left HUC-JIR in 1999, Rabbi Schwartz was Associate Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

She is currently the rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, an 800 family member congregation.  She has taught in the Melon School, Emory University, and has served on the Board of the transdenominational National Association for Jewish Chaplains, chairing its Certification Commission, served on the Boards of the Weber Jewish Community High School, the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Abuse, and the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and is chair of the Jewish Chaplains' Council of the Jewish Welfare Board.

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


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