Rabbi Renni S. Altman Receives Certificate of Recognition 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 Renni S. Altman with the Certificate of Recognition 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 Renni S. Altman has given the gifts of her heart and soul to the HUC-JIR's students, has enriched the spiritual lives of her congregants as a pulpit rabbi, and has contributed to the vitality of the Reform Movement through her work for the Union for Reform Judaism and participation in the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Women's Rabbinic Network."

Rabbi Altman currently serves the Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical Program on the New York campus of the HUC-JIR. She joined the administration of the College-Institute in 2008, having served for thirteen years as the Senior Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, where she was involved in all aspects of congregational life but most especially in the areas of worship change, programming, and adult education. Rabbi Altman has also held the position of Director of Programs for Reaching the Unaffiliated for the Union for Reform Judaism and Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El of Houston, Texas.

Rabbi Altman has served on the Convention Program Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as the New York Regional Coordinator for the Women’s Rabbinic Network, and as the President of the Great Neck Clergy Association.

Rabbi Altman was ordained from the New York campus of HUC-JIR in 1988, having received her M.A.H.L. in 1986. She completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University in 1979 with a major in Communication Arts.

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