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Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg
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Doctor of Divinity Citation
Rabbi Jonathan Hillel Ginsburg
Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
You have shared Jewish knowledge with world.
You have been a successful pulpit rabbi for twenty-eight years, building and growing congregations. You have also embarked on a remarkable career as an educator, as an adjunct faculty member at colleges in Minnesota, and as a pioneer in online Jewish learning, developing educational programs that include multiple websites and blogs, hundreds of videos posted, with millions of views, carrying the fruits of Jewish knowledge to all who seek it, while mentoring over 1000 converts. As a leader in the rabbinate, you have served on the National Rabbinic Cabinet of United Jewish Appeal, Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet of The Jewish Theological Seminary, and State of Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet Executive Committee, as well as on several committees of the Rabbinical Assembly. The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism acknowledged your work in adult Jewish education with a gold medal in 2009. You have chaired the Minnesota Rabbinic Association and Niles Township Clergy Association.
You are truly a teaching rabbi, making an enduring mark on the world by touching countless Jewish lives with wisdom that they will pass on to countless others.
Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg, was senior rabbi of Ezra-Habonim, Niles Township Jewish Congregation in Skokie Illinois, and one of the world's foremost innovators of online Jewish experiences. A native of Chicago, Rabbi Ginsburg received his B.A. in religion from the University of Chicago where he was the valedictory orator and received his Masters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received the Krasne Award for outstanding student.
He was a National Merit scholar and 1974 National High School Debate Champion. Rabbi Ginsburg, before coming to Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, was the senior Rabbi at the Temple of Aaron, a 1400-family Conservative synagogue for 17 years, and adjunct faculty of St. Catherine College and Metropolitan University of Minnesota. Prior to that, he served as senior Rabbi at the Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn for 5 years. He served on the National Rabbinic Cabinet, United Jewish Appeal, as Associate Chair of the State of Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet Executive Committee and on many Boards of Jewish Institutions. He has served as president of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association and recently the Niles Township Clergy Association, and on the Nominations and Professional Development Committee of the International Rabbinical Assembly