HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Marc L. Disick

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Marc L. Disick 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 Disick was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Marc L. Disick has been teaching since 1978 when as a college student he served on the faculty of Temple Beth Emeth in Albany, NY.  He became a Bar Mitzvah with Lubavitch and a rabbi at Reform Judaism’s seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in 1986.  He has been Temple Sinai’s rabbi since 2003.  Rabbi Disick’s approach to the pulpit is framed by his extensive training as a pastoral counselor and a deep interest in family systems theory as applied to synagogue life.  He proudly serves on Stamford Hospital’s Ethics Committee which regularly wrestles with end-of-life and treatment issues.  After nearly 25 years, the pulpit’s demands continue to energize him.

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


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