New Members Inducted onto Board of Governors

Friday, September 7, 2012

Three new members were inducted onto the Board of Governors at its meeting on June 25, 2012 in New York.  Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, stated, “We are honored to welcome:

  • John Stein, whose corporate leadership and devotion to the Jewish people are a source of strength as we advance our mission in preparing leadership for North American Jewry and providing dynamic educational and cultural outreach to the Cincinnati community;
  • Kenneth Gilman, a distinguished business leader of the New York community.  His expertise and guidance will serve as a great source of assistance to the College-Institute. We look forward to his partnership in our shared mission to strengthen Reform Judaism and secure the Jewish future; and
  • Kevin S. Penn, whose passionate commitment to his community and the wellbeing of the Jewish people is a source of inspiration.  We look forward to his wisdom and guidance in advancing our mission in preparing rabbis, cantors, educators, Jewish non-profit management professionals, and scholars to serve the North American Reform Movement, Israeli Progressive Movement, and world Jewry.”


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 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