Dr. Nelson Glueck’s legacy honored at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Founders’ Day - American Israelite: Local News

Dr. Nelson Glueck’s legacy honored at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Founders’ Day

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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:00 am

Dr. Nelson Glueck
At the Founder’s Day ceremonies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were, from left, Rabbi Ken Kanter, associate dean and director of the Rabbinical School, Cincinnati; Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., Dean, Cincinnati campus; Rabbi Greg Kanter; Rabbi Andrew Koren; Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh; Rabbi Judith Beiner; Rabbi Sally Priesand; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, PhD, President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Rabbi Deborah Helbraun; Rabbi Sigma Coran; Rabbi Toby Manewith; and Rabbi Cory Weiss. 

Submitted by: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Eight alumni of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were honored at the annual Founders’ Day ceremonies on Wednesday, March 28, in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus. 

On Founders’ Day, HUC-JIR honors distinguished alumni for 25 years of service as preservers and teachers of Judaism – its faith, its culture, and its community ethics, and devoted lay leaders for their lifelong commitment to the College-Institute.

This year’s Founders’ Day honored the legacy of Dr. Nelson Glueck, president of the college from 1947 to 1971, and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Graduate School, now The Joan and Phillip Pines School of Graduate Studies. 

Dr. Glueck was ordained in 1923. During his tenure as president, he oversaw the merger of Hebrew Union College with the Jewish Institute of Religion and expanded the Cincinnati-based institution to include schools in New York, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem. In addition, he was a pioneer in the field of biblical archaeology.

In honor of their 25 years of dedicated service, Rabbis Judith Beiner, Sigma Coran, Deborah Helbraun, Elizabeth Hersh, Greg Kanter, Andrew Koren, Toby Manewith, and Cory Weiss received Doctor of Divinity degrees, honoris causa presented by Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., the school’s current president. 

Samuel Greengus, Ph.D., the Julian Morgenstern Professor Emeritus of Bible and Near Eastern Language, delivered the Founders’ Day address, describing his association with, and how he was brought to the Cincinnati campus by, Dr. Glueck. He noted that Dr. Glueck’s most far reaching accomplishment was encouraging women to become ordained.

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first woman admitted to HUC-JIR by Dr. Nelson Glueck, was the honored guest during the ceremonies, and reflected on the impact that Dr. Glueck had on her career. She was ordained in 1972, a year and a half following Dr. Glueck’s death. She noted that, “he inspired others to dream bigger and accomplish more, and envisioned the day when women could become rabbis.”

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., dean of the Cincinnati campus, began the service by commenting that, “today we celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of rabbis who have served for 25 years, celebrate the school that enabled them to do so, and celebrate a moment almost 70 years ago. Dr. Nelson Glueck was selected to be president of HUC in December 1947, and in March 1948 was installed as president. The Glueck presidency would shape HUC-JIR for decades to come.”

Dr. Richard Sarason, director of the Pines School of Graduate Studies, gave the Invocation, and said, “today we continue a year-long celebration of the founding of the graduate school by Dr. Nelson Glueck and the creation of the American Jewish Archives 70 years ago.

Family members of Dr. Nelson
Family members of Dr. Nelson Glueck in the new Archaeology Center, are, from left, Heather Shapiro, Marc Shapiro, Andy Brown, Rabbi Jonathan Brown, Susie Brown Cook, Dr. Charles Glueck, and Barbara Glueck. 

Rabbi Ken Kanter, associate dean and director of the Rabbinical School on the Cincinnati campus, led the service along with Cantor Yvon Shore, director of Liturgical Arts and Music. Lisa Ben-Hur and Roger Falconberry were recognized for their longstanding service to HUC-JIR. Ben-Hur has been a dedicated member of the Klau Library team for 30 years and Falconberry has served on the operations and maintenance staff for 36 years.

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