David Ellenson

HUC-JIRs Rabbi David Ellenson To Retire

01/16/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi David Ellenson, the president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for more than a decade, will step down from his position as head of the institution that includes the Reform movement’s rabbinical, cantorial and other schools in 2014.

Rabbi David Ellenson

Alienation From Israel Hitting Liberal Seminaries

Rabbinical students, in generational divide, seen disenchanted with Jewish state; time to rethink year-in-Israel study?
05/02/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

A second-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary says her year-in-Israel experience, as part of her academic training, has been “enriching and incredibly painful” in terms of what she sees of Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians.

“The Israel I see does not seem to reflect so many of the Jewish values that my family and community raised me with,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Jewish Week.

Gary Rosenblatt

Reform Cantorial School Named After Debbie Friedman

01/27/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The Reform movement’s cantorial school has been named after the late Debbie Friedman.

Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, made the announcement Jan. 27 in New York at a memorial tribute to Friedman, who died Jan. 9 at 59.

Friends of the late singer-songwriter have made possible an endowment to the school, which will henceforth be known as The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, Ellenson said.

My Memories Of Debbie Friedman, And Her Memorable Words

01/11/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

I wish Debbie Friedman had been alive to hear what was said about her at her funeral.

A similar thought occurs to me when I attend other people's funerals but never did I feel it so acutely as I did this past Tuesday as I watched the live-streaming of Debbie's memorial service on-line along with seven thousand other people who, like me, were singing and crying at their desks, on their iPhones, in their living rooms, and sending messages to each other simultaneously of sorrow, comfort, and gratitude for her life.

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