HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Margaret J. Meyer

Friday, May 6, 2011

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

When Margaret J. Meyer was ordained a rabbi at Cincinnati’s Plum Street Temple in 1986, the Cincinnati Enquirer ran an article entitled, “Oldest Woman Rabbi Ordained.”  Rabbi Meyer, who entered the rabbinate after a teaching career, has devoted her rabbinical career to serving small congregations throughout the Midwest and South, including congregations in Middletown, OH; Decatur, Il; and Jackson, TN.  In Cincinnati, she has taught adult Hebrew in various congregations, taught in the Melton Adult Institute and the Introduction to Judaism course sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism, and served as Alumni Director of HUC-JIR.  Rabbi Meyer has served as mentor and advisor to rabbinical students both on the Cincinnati and Jerusalem campuses of HUC. 

Rabbi Meyer's interests in interfaith and social justice concerns have led her to be active in MARCC (the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati), where she currently serves on the Executive Board; the Human Services Advisory Committee of the City of Cincinnati; the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; and the Jewish Community Relations Council; as well as other organizations devoted to the causes of justice.

Rabbi Meyer and her husband Professor Michael Meyer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this June.  They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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


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