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Samuel “Skip” E. Vichness Received : American Jewish Distinguished Service Award from : Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Samuel “Skip” E. Vichness, Senior Partner of Quality Camping Properties and Managing Partner of GreyPine LLC, received the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at Graduation in New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, 10 East 66th Street, New York City.

Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, stated, “We are privileged to honor the achievement of Skip Vichness, a distinguished Jewish communal leader who has devoted his energies to advance Jewish camping as a determining factor in strengthening Jewish identity formation.”

Vichness received the B.A. from Randolph Macon College (1969), and the Ph.D. from Florida State University (1975).  He previously served as Director of Harbor Hills Day Camp (1983-2004) and Associate Director of Camp Raman in the Berkshires (1979-83). 

Dr. Vichness is the Chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp and Past Chair of the National Ramah Commission.  He is a member of the New York Advisory Board of Facing History, Facing Ourselves, past President of Solomon Schechter of Essex and Union Counties, Founding Chair of the Ben Appelbaum Foundation, past President of the American Camp Association – New York Section, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Randolph Macon College.


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

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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, 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.