HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa, to Daniel M. Rothblatt

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Daniel M. Rothblatt with the Doctor of Jewish Communal Service 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.  Rothblatt will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Daniel M. Rothblatt was named Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services, a new position, at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 2007.  The Foundation is the largest manager of charitable assets for Greater Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists.  His responsibilities include contributing to long-term strategy, integrating the Foundation's Family Foundation Center into the Foundation's development process, and creating and implementing the organization's annual business plan.

Rothblatt has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, a Masters degree in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR, and a Bachelors degree in Design and Industry from San Francisco State University.

Rothblatt was named Alumni of the Year in 1997 by HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Communal Service (now the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management).  In June 2010, he was awarded an honor for outstanding service to the field of Jewish communal professionals by the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California.

Rothblatt's volunteer community activities have included serving on the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the LA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Valley Alliance of the Jewish Federation.  He has served on the Community Advisory Boards of the Grammy Museum, the American Jewish Committee in Los Angeles, and the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service (now the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management).

Rottblatt currently teaches two courses at the American Jewish University (AJU).  In the fall of 2010, he taught a class in the Not-for-Profit MBA program at the AJU in Fundraising.  From 1998-2000, he was a member of the faculty of the AJU Graduate program in the Behavioral Psychology department and taught in the AJU's Extension program.

Rothblatt lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jayne, a Jewish non-profit fundraising professional.  Their 19-year-old daughter is a student at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

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


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