Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus of B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom in Homewood, Illinois, and a Fellow of the Hartman Institute’s first Rabbinic Leadership Initiative program in 2001-2004, will be installed as president of the New York-based Central Conference of American Rabbis during a conference in Jerusalem in February.
“It’s a huge honor to be chosen by my colleagues to be the leader of the Reform movement,” Dreyfus told the Southtown Star newspaper of suburban Chicago. “I’m looking forward to celebrating with so many rabbis from around the world and with my family. But it’s a daunting task, and I look forward to it with trepidation.
Dreyfus has done and continues to do many remarkable things, but she took time out in her interview to mention her time at the Hartman Institute:
Dreyfus also treasures educational opportunities, especially the fellowship she held at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, which involved video conferencing and distance learning.
“It took the cobwebs out of my brain,” she said.