RABBI DAVID ELLENSON, Ph.D.
TO BE INAUGURATED AS 8TH PRESIDENT OF
HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION
OCTOBER 13TH INAUGURATION IN CINCINNATI -- HISTORIC
BIRTHPLACE OF REFORM JUDAISM AND HUC-JIR, ESTABLISHED IN 1875
Who: Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., internationally recognized
scholar of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history
and the I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought
at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will be inaugurated
as the 8th President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
What: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
(HUC-JIR) is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education
and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership center
of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR's centers of learning in Cincinnati,
Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York provide the academic and professional
training programs for the Reform Movement's rabbis, cantors, educators,
and communal service professionals, and offer graduate programs
for scholars of all faiths.
When: The Inauguration will take place on Sunday, October
13, 2002 at 3 p.m. and will be attended by world leaders of the
Reform Movement, leaders of other Jewish denominations and other
faith groups, distinguished academics and scholars from leading
universities, and alumni, faculty, and students of HUC-JIR.
Where: The Inauguration will take place at one of the most
significant 19th century landmark synagogues in the United States
-- the Isaac M.Wise / K.K. B'nai Yeshurun / Plum Street Temple,
located at Eighth and Plum Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Why: As Chief Executive Officer of the academic institution
training the leadership for 1.5 million Reform Jews in America,
Rabbi Ellenson is a preeminent leader of the largest growing denomination
in American Jewry.
How: Rabbi Ellenson will be inducted into office by Burton
Lehman, Chair of HUC-JIR's Board of Governors. The Inauguration
ceremony will include the participation of faculty, alumni, students,
and members of HUC-JIR's Board of Governors.