Joan B. Seidel Inducted onto Board of Governors of :Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Joan B. Seidel Inducted onto Board of Governors of :Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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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


Joan B. Seidel, President of Morton Seidel & Co, Inc., was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on February 7, 2011 in Los Angeles.

“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.

Seidel 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. 

Educated at Hunter College and UCLA, where she earned the BA in history, she also received  the California Life Secondary Teaching Credential.

A prominent civic leader, Seidel was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology Science & Engineering University) in Haifa, Israel, and has served on its International Board of Governors as Co-Chair of the Finance Committee, and has led the American Technion Society as National President, National Chair, Chair of National Planned Giving, and Chair of the National Investment Committee.  She was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and received the Honorary Service Award from the Los Angeles Free Clinic.  Her other community leadership roles have included the Beverly Hills Unified School District, where she serves on its Finance Advisory Committee Chair, and as a member of its Community Arts Committee and Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, as well as the City of Beverly Hills, where she currently serves on the Finance Advisory Committee.  A member of the Board of Governors and Investment Committee of Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, she also serves as Treasurer of the Discovery Fund for Eye Research. At the Los Angeles Opera Company, Seidel serves on its Board of Directors and Investment, Finance, and Education Committees.

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 leaders to serve 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, museums, 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.