Rabbi Marc Saperstein, Ph.D., Principal, Leo Baeck College, : Receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters : from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rabbi Marc Saperstein, Ph.D., received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremony in Cincinnati.  The convocation took place at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road) on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm.  Rabbi Saperstein presented the Graduation address.  Click here to read his address.

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR, states, "Rabbi Marc Saperstein's numerous honors reflect the scope of his contributions to academic life.  Acclaimed for scholarly insights into the discipline of Jewish history, literature, and thuoght, his prolific writings have elucidated these fields for scholars worldwide.  He is a conscientious and exemplary teacher who has given generations of students wise counsel and understanding."

Rabbi Saperstein became the Principal of the Leo Baeck College on July 1, 2006. Previously, he held prestigious positions at three American Universities: as Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. (1997-2006), Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at Washington University in St. Louis (1986-1997), and Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School (1977-1986).

Rabbi Saperstein is the author of five books and more than 50 articles on various aspects of Jewish history, literature, and thought—most recently, Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800 – 2001 (Littman Library, 2008).  He is widely recognized as perhaps the pre-eminent authority on the history of Jewish preaching. Before leaving the United States, he was Vice President of the American Academy for Jewish Research.

Click here to view the National 2011 Graduation/Ordination/Investiture press release.

Click here to view the invitation.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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