New Members Inducted into HUC-JIR Board of Governors on May 6, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pictured, left to right: Rabbi David Ellenson, President; Rabbi Richard A. Block; Barbara Shear; Andrea Milens; and Irwin Engelman, Chairman, Board of Governors

Three new members were inducted into the HUC-JIR Board of Governors at its meeting on May 6, 2013 in New York.  We are honored to welcome:

  • Rabbi Richard A. Block, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.  Rabbi Ellenson stated, “One of the most prominent rabbinical leaders of North American and world Jewry, Rabbi Block is renowned for his humanitarian, ecumenical, and communal leadership.  His exemplary career has encompassed the worlds of law, the military, congregational life, and the core institutions of Reform Judaism worldwide.  His wise counsel and vision are indispensable as we work to sustain and enhance HUC-JIR’s academic excellence.”
  • Andrea Milens, a national leader of the American Jewish community. Rabbi David Ellenson stated, “Andrea Milens is a distinguished alumna of our School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, dedicated Chair of its Alumni Association, and devoted Vice Chair of our Alumni Council.  She is a powerful advocate for the State of Israel, social justice, and human rights.  We look forward to her wisdom and guidance for our sacred mission in preparing leadership for the Jewish people.” 
  • Barbara Shear, a prominent communal and civic leader of Pittsburgh.  Rabbi Ellenson stated, “Barbara Shear’s devotion to the Jewish and larger community of Pittsburgh is a source of strength and inspiration to us all.  Her commitment to her congregation, the State of Israel, and social responsibility reinforce HUC-JIR’s important task of preparing leadership for the Reform Movement and klal yisrael.  We are privileged to have her guidance as we look to the future.”


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation'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