Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Rabbi Marc S. Blumenthal 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. Blumenthal will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Marc S. Blumenthal earned his B.A. in History and Religion from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and his MAHL from HUC-JIR/New York.
From 1997 through 2002, Blumenthal served as Rabbi at Congregation Ami Shalom in West Covina, CA. Previously, he served as Rabbi at Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, CA, and Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Birmingham, MI.
Blumenthal was Coordinator of Chaplaincy Services for the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. He served as Denver Community Chaplain and Director of Chaplaincy Services at Rose Medical Center and Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council in Denver, CO.
Throughout the years, Blumenthal has held extended High Holy Day pulpits in Durango, CO; Downey, CA; Billings, MT; Berlin, Germany; and at the Keflavik (Ryekjavik) Naval Air Station in Iceland.
Blumenthal explains that the most important, and perhaps most fulfilling, aspects of his rabbinate has been the opportunity to be with people at some of the most significant moments of their lives and to make a positive and Jewish contribution to those moments. He writes, "Sometimes, those occasions are obvious: b'nai mitzvah, weddings, funerals, etc. At other times, those moments have passed almost unnoticed by me until years later, I run into the husband of a dying patient at Calvary who recalls to me word for word what I said to him and his family at his wife's deathbed. Or I receive a note from a former bat mitzvah student about to be ordained as a rabbi telling me that she never would have become a rabbi had it not been for my presence years earlier as one of her teachers in a congregation roiled by discord and opposing factions."
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