Rabbi Jonathan A. Stein, the Senior Rabbi of Shaaray Tefila of New York City and President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) on November 18, 2011 in Jerusalem.
Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, stated, “An esteemed alumnus of the College-Institute and renowned leader of the Reform Movement, Rabbi Stein brings vision, creativity, and commitment as he helps our institution fulfill our mission in preparing the next generations of leaders for American and world Jewry.”
Rabbi Stein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in Economics in 1969. He was ordained by HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 1975. He served as Senior Rabbi of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (1978-1994) and as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego (1994-2001). He served as the editor of the CCAR Journal for almost six years, teaches on the HUC-JIR faculty and is a member of the HUC-JIR Admissions Committee. He currently sits on the CCAR Steering Committee, Budget, and Finance Committee, and Revenue Committee, as well as the International Assembly of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He previously served as chair of the Commission on Jewish Education of Reform Judaism and as chair of the CCAR ad-Hoc Committee on Human Sexuality.
A prominent communal leaders, Rabbi Stein has served as a Board member and officer of more than 40 organizations, including chair of the Board of the United Way of San Diego, president of Operation Understanding, the Marion County Commission on Youth, and the Indiana Interreligious Commission on Human Equality, as well as a member of the San Diego Human Relations Commission. He has been recognized as an honorary member of the National Association of Temple Educators and as a life member of the North American Federation of Temple Youth. He has been honored by the World Union for Progressive Judaism and received the Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from HUC-JIR in 2000.
Rabbi Stein and his wife Susan Pollock Stein, a teacher and Educational Therapist, have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
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