HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa, to Lesley M. Silverstone, RJE

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Lesley M. Silverstone, RJE, with the Doctor of Jewish Religious Education 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.  Silverstone will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Lesley M. Silverstone, RJE, graduated from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR, Jack H. Skirball Campus, with a Masters degree in Jewish Education in 1986.  Since graduating, Silverstone has been the Director of Education at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach and the Vice-Principal at Temple Judea in Tarzana.  

Between 1997 and 2007, Silverstone was the Regional Educator of the Pacific Southwest Council of the URJ and helped congregations with staff training, curriculum development, and lay leadership training.   After working for the Union for Reform Judaism, she was hired as a consultant for HUC-JIR’s Re-Imagine Project that helped lead congregations through a process of transforming their religious schools.  At Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes, she facilitated a yearlong Mothers Circle group for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children. 

As an active member of the National Association of Temple Educators, Silverstone was on the Board and Executive Committee and became President in 2002.  In 1989, Silverstone received the title of Reform Jewish Educator and in 2004, she received the National Association of Temple Educators’ Distinguished Educator Award.

Currently, Silverstone is a student at Antioch University and is working towards a Masters degree in Family Therapy.

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


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