HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa, to Jackie Jakubowski

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Jackie Jakubowski with the Doctor of Jewish Communal Service at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.  Jakubowski was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Jakubowski, who was born in Poland and moved to Sweden due to an anti-semitic campaign in Poland, was employed as the editor-in-chief of Judisk Kronika (Jewish Chronicle), the largest Jewish cultural publication in Scandinavia.  After five years, in 1985, Jakubowski was granted a scholarship and took a sabbatical year to study at the Jack H. Skirball Campus at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.

Jakubowski writes regularly for Sweden's largest daily newspapers, Expressen and Dagens Nyheter, in the cultural section.  He is also a guest columnist in a number of Swedish political and cultural magazines.  He has participated in a series of radio and television programs that have dealt with Jewish culture and with different aspects of Judaism.  In 2000, Jakubowski received Sweden's most prestigious prize in journalism, "Journalist of the Year."

Jakubowski writes, "The knowledge I received at HUC-JIR left a lasting impression on me and has affected my professional, as well as my personal, life.  I am very grateful to HUC-JIR for giving me the knowledge, tools, and moral motivation to deal with these and other important issues."

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


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