HUC-JIR Welcomes New Members to the Board of Governors

Friday, February 11, 2011

From left: Irwin Engelman, Chairman, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Richard Michael Powell, 2011 Inductee, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Joan B. Seidel, 2011 Inductee, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR; Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR

The following distinguished communal and civic leaders were inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its meeting in Los Angeles on February 7, 2011:

Richard Michael Powell is currently President of Ashjer, LLC, where he devotes his time to assisting non-profit organizations raise money. He is a consultant to private companies and serves on numerous boards and committees, including the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Advisory Board. Previously, he served for over 30 years as President, COO, CEO, and Chairman of The L. Powell Company. "An esteemed mentor and member of the Advisory Board of our School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, Rick Powell will help strengthen our institution through his expertise in business, fundraising, Jewish communal activism, and philanthropy," stated Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. "His counsel and vision will be indispensable in realizing our goals of excellence and service to the Reform Movement and the Jewish People."

Joan B. Seidel, President of Morton Seidel & Co, Inc., has been associated with Morton Seidel & Co, Inc. since 1974 in the capacities of variable annuities agent, municipal bond principal, financial and operations principal, and registered principal. She served as a charter member of the national committee of the small firm advisory board of NASD (now FINRA) and was Chairman of the NASD District #2 Committee. As Treasurer of the City of Beverly Hills (1990-2001), she bore investment responsibility for over $220 million. "A distinguished member of the Board of Overseers of our Los Angeles campus since 2004, Joan Seidel will now bring to our international Board of Governors the benefits of her extensive expertise in finance, government, and communal leadership," stated Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. "We look forward to her guidance and wisdom in advancing our mission in preparing professional leaders for the Reform Movement and the Jewish People.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of 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