The Board Speaks

May 5, 2009

Below find the transcript of HUC’s press release offering a commitment to the three campuses:

The Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion met in New York on Monday, May 4th, 2009.  There was a discussion of many constructive approaches to resolving HUC-JIR’s financial issues.  The Board decided that the restructuring plan would proceed on three principles:

·       Financial sustainability

·       Academic integrity of programs and excellence of faculty and students

·       Service to the Reform Movement, Klal Yisrael, Israel, and world Jewry

The Board has charged the administration to devise a plan that will attain financial sustainability and enhance our academic excellence while preserving our presence in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York.  The model being developed includes innovative strategies for learning and teaching, increased use of technology, a firm commitment to the Klau Library and American Jewish Archives, and an evolving vision of education that will meet the needs of the 21st century. Significant financial restructuring will establish a sustainable, balanced budget, ensuring the future of the College-Institute.  

The Board and administration have been heartened by the outpouring of thousands of expressions of support and concern by alumni, Reform congregants, and the larger community.  The College-Institute is grateful for this groundswell of support.

On June 23rd, 2009, the administration will bring its recommendations to the Board of Governors. 

The College-Institute affirms its commitment to strengthening and fulfilling its mission of training and sustaining Jewish professionals throughout their careers of service to Reform Judaism and Klal Yisrael – the Jewish people worldwide.  

Rabbi David Ellenson, President                   Barbara Friedman, Chair, Board of Governors

Earlier, the Cincinnati Enquirer had the following to say on this story:

The decision to keep all three campuses open came after an aggressive campaign by leaders of Cincinnati’s Jewish community to save the Clifton campus, where Reform Jewish rabbis have received training since the school opened here in 1875.  A group of lobbyists, rabbis and alumni mobilized quickly last month when school officials in New York said the Cincinnati campus was in jeopardy because HUC could not afford to maintain three campuses.

Thank you to everyone who wrote comments, sent letters, and passed the word along.  Your efforts have changed the facts on the ground and influenced the Board’s decision.

There is still a great deal of work to be done, and we believe that the time is now to put our money where are mouths are and to donate to HUC.   If you can do so, please click here to donate.