Aaron D. Panken

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken

Address3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

President, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Ordained, HUC-JIR (New York), 1991
Ph.D., New York University, 2003

Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., who has taught Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York since 1995, serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and has served as Dean since 1998. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, he earned his doctorate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where his research focused on legal change in Talmudic and Midrashic Literature. He currently serves on faculty for the Wexner Foundation, as a member of the Birthright Israel Education Committee, the International Council of the New Israel Fund, the Rabbinical Placement Commission, the CCAR Ethics Committee and in a variety of other leadership roles within the Reform movement and greater Jewish community. A native of New York City who graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s Electrical Engineering program, Rabbi Panken is also an instrument rated pilot and sailor, and lives with his wife and two children in the New York area.

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