Rabbi Edward A. Goldman, Ph.D., Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) awarded Rabbi Edward A. Goldman, Professor Emeritus and Bettan Chair in Midrash and Homiletics at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, in recognition of his contributions to scholarship and mentorship of generations of rabbinical students and graduate students. The presentation was made on June 3 at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremonies on the Cincinnati campus.

Rabbi Ellenson stated, “Dr. Edward Goldman is a conscientious teacher whose personal gifts of heart and soul are manifested in his loyalty to his alma mater.  As a rabbi and academic, he has given his students and disciples an appreciation and deeper understanding of rabbinic literature. His own life reflects his keen interest and participation in the Cincinnati Jewish community.”

Dr. Goldman is Professor Israel and Ida Bettan Professor of Midrash and Homiletics, Professor of Rabbinics, and Editor of the Hebrew Union College Annual at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati.  He attended Harvard College (1963) and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Goldman was ordained in 1969 at HUC-JIR, where he also earned his Ph.D. in 1974.

He was appointed a Teaching Fellow at HUC-JIR in 1969 and became a full member of the faculty in 1972. He has served on the Faculty Senate, as Chairman of the Committee on Academic Affairs, Chairman of the Faculty Centennial Academy Lectures, and editor of the Faculty Bulletin.  He was Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School (1981-1985) and Faculty Advisor to Rabbinical Students (1990-1992).

Active in the Cincinnati Jewish Community, Rabbi Goldman served two three-year terms on the Jewish Federation board.  He also served on the Jewish Federation Allocations Committee, Education Division, and chaired the subcommittee on National and Overseas Allocations.

He is author of numerous scholarly articles published in the Hebrew Union College Annual and Hebrew Studies. He was editor of Jews in a Free Society: Challenges and Opportunities, which celebrated the College Centennial and National Bicentennial.  His annotated translation of Rosh Hashanah appeared as volume XVI in the 35-volume series The Talmud of the Land of Israel (Chicago University Press, 1988).

He serves on the Advisory Council of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew and was Associate Editor of Hebrew Studies (1994-1999).  He was on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Law Association (1994-2004) and serve as Editor for the Jewish Law Association, The Jerusalem 1994 Conference Volume (1969) and The London 1996 Conference Volume (1997).  He chaired the Publications Committee (1996-1998) and remained a member until 2004.  He has been on the Editorial Board of the Hebrew Union College Annual since 1988.  In 1997 he became Associate Editor and in 1998 he was named Editor, a position he still holds.  He also serves on the Hebrew Union College Press Publications Committee. 


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