HUC-JIR Skirball Museum Docents Were Honored
The docents of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Skirball
Museum Cincinnati celebrated the end of the year on May 14, 2003 with their
annual awards program and luncheon. This year docents provided tours of the
Skirball Museum, the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel, the Dalsheimer Rare Book
Building, and The Archaeology Center for over 1300 visitors from school groups,
synagogues, churches, retirement centers, private companies, and associations.
The luncheon and program were held at What’s for Dinner in O’Bryonville.
Rabbi David Komerofsky, Dean of Students and Director of the Rabbinical School,
welcomed the docents and extended his appreciation on behalf of HUC-JIR for
the many hours of service provided to the museum and the College-Institute.
Special thanks were expressed for the docents’ efforts in making the inauguration
of Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR, a success last fall.
Docents recognized for distinguished service were: Cecille Stone, for leading
the most tours; Diana Goodman, for the largest increase in number of tours;
and Charlotte Hattenbach, for most museum volunteer hours. Each was presented
with a potted Biblical garden. Polly Stein and Sue Teller were also recognized
for their successful work as chairs of the membership committee. Cecille Stone,
Irene Satin, and Louise Pritz tied for best attendance at the docent classes.
Museum consultant, Deena Pinales, was thanked for her work in developing and
teaching the docent practicum program for the 2002-2003 year. Rebecca Jero,
museum staff, was also thanked for her tremendous efforts.
Rachel Stern Komerofsky, Director of Outreach Education at HUC-JIR, organized
this year’s docent education program. HUC-JIR faculty, graduate and rabbinical
students, and community leaders presented the continuing education classes for
the docents on topics including: Dead Sea Scrolls, Major Tenets of Judaism,
Protestantism, Catholicism, Comparative World Religions, People of the Talmud,
the Prophets, Ask the Rabbi, Death Dying and Immortality in Judaism, and Answering
a Child’s Questions.
The Skirball Museum Cincinnati is open to the public Monday through Thursday,
11:00 am – 4: 00 pm and Sundays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Docent guided
tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more with at least 3 weeks notice.
For information about becoming a volunteer docent, scheduling a tour, or museum
membership, contact the museum office at (513) 221-7444, ext. 358. The Skirball
Museum is located in Mayerson Hall, 3101 Clifton Avenue, on the campus of Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Admission and parking are free of
charge. The museum is handicap accessible.