HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Shira Milgrom

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Shira Milgrom 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 Milgrom was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Shira Milgrom reflects a new generation of rabbis who passionately create extraordinary encounters with Jewish texts, rituals, and traditions that merge the intimate and personal with the grand vision of Judaism and the Jewish people.  Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, Shira has traveled throughout North America bringing Jews closer to the words of the Torah and to Jewish self-expression.  A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and with academic training in a wide range of learning, Rabbi Milgrom is the author of articles on Jewish spirituality, education and healing.  She has been the keynote speaker in major American conferences ranging from young leadership, women, and feminism to issues facing the aging and elderly.  Together with Rabbi Tom Weiner, Shira is part of a rabbinic partnership, a daring and innovative model of spiritual leadership.

Editor of a unique Siddur (prayer book) now used in settings across the continent, Rabbi Milgrom brings a remarkable vitality and creativity to Jewish learning settings.

Rabbi Milgrom is married to Dr. David Elcott.  They are the parents of four children, two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law, and are blessed with two grandchildren.

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


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu