From Rabbi Ellenson: Tribute to Dr. Alvin J. Reines on his retirement
It is with a sense of sadness that I announce the retirement of Dr. Alvin J.
Reines, esteemed Professor of Jewish Philosophy at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. Associated
with HUC-JIR for over five decades, Dr. Reines is a beloved scholar, teacher,
and mentor to generations of HUC-JIR's students.
Dr. Reines is internationally recognized as a seminal religious thinker. His
development of the concept of "polydox" religion, and its application
to Reform Judaism, is regarded by many as the most important theoretical advance
in contemporary Jewish religious thought. The concept of polydoxy has come to
exercise a profound influence upon many of the present generations of Reform
rabbis and leaders, and upon liberal Jewish religionists generally. Dr. Reines
is also renowned for his specialization in Medieval Philosophy, particularly
the work of Moses Maimonides. His extensive publications include Reform Judaism
as a Polydoxy: Explorations in a Philosophy of Reform Judaism; Haggadah; Early
Israelite History: Joseph and Moses (co-author); Maimonides and Abrabanel on
Prophecy, and numerous scholarly articles. Ordained at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati
in 1952, Dr. Reines received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
The HUC-JIR family extends to Dr. Reines our profound gratitude and admiration
for a half-century of commitment and service to the College-Institute and for
his important contributions to Jewish scholarship, which have influenced the
Jewish world. We wish him, his wife, Hera, and their family, all the blessings
of health and fulfillment for years to come.