Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D. Receives Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), awarded Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D., with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremonies at Congregation Emanu-El in the City of New York.

Rabbi Ellenson stated, "Rabbi David Teutsch's scholarly insights into the discipline of Jewish practice and Jewish ethics and prolific writings have offered significant scholarly contributions to academic life.  His vision, teaching, and guidance have shaped the RRC and enriched generations of students in their paths to Jewish leadership."

Rabbi David Teutsch is Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and the Louis & Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as President for a decade.

His most recent work, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living won the Kraft Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. He was Editor-in-Chief for the groundbreaking seven-volume Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayerbook series.  His textbook Making a Difference: Jewish Leadership and Not-for-Profit Management, came out in 2009.  He is also the author of Spiritual Community:  The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy (Jewish Lights, 2005) and dozens of other books and articles. 

Rabbi Teutsch is a past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics.  A past member of the Conference of Presidents, he has served on the boards of over a dozen other organizations, including schools, synagogues, and magazines. 

A renowned lecturer, consultant and trainer, he has previously served as Executive Director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot (now JRF), as Program Director of CLAL, and as a congregational rabbi.  An honors graduate of Harvard University ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton School, where his dissertation dealt with organizational ethics. 

Click here to view the National Graduation and Ordination press release.


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