Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), awarded Rabbi Everett Gendler with the Presidents’ Medallion on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Graduation Ceremonies of HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus.
Rabbi Ellenson stated, "Rabbi Everett Gendler's exceptional career has rendered service in Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and America and reflects a life of passionate devotion to humankind. We honor him for his lifetime of commitment to social justice and environmentalism."
Among one of the first rabbis to engage issues of ecology and their relation to Judaism, Rabbi Everett Gendler has served congregations in Mexico, Brazil, Princeton, NJ, and Lowell, MA, and was a chaplain and instructor at Philips Academy in Andover, MA.
Rabbi Gendler appeared in the joint ABC-TV / COEJL documentary, Visions of Eden: A Jewish Perspective on the Environment, and has contributed to The Greening of Faith and Ecology and the Jewish Spirit.
He now spends some of his time cultivating the soil at his homestead in Massachusetts, while also travelling annually with his wife, Mary, to India, where they devote two months each year to community education work among the Tibetan exiles on Strategic Nonviolent Struggle.
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