Prof. Richard Freund to receive honorary JTA degree

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Dr. Richard A. Freund, the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, will be presented with an honorary degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) at a special ceremony to be held Wednesday, April 29, 5 p.m., on the Manhattan campus of JTS.

A graduate of JTS, where he received both his MA and PhD, Freund will receive the honorary degree at the Seminary’s invitation-only Convocation ceremony. He is one of 42 rabbis worldwide who will receive honorary degrees at the ceremony. Among the University of Hartford delegation who will be on hand for the event are Dane Kostin, Board chair of the Greenberg Center, and Arnold Greenberg, founder of the Center, as well as the honoree’s wife, Eliane Freund.

This year, Freund is also celebrating his 25th anniversary as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly of America.

Founded in 1886, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America is one of the academic and spiritual centers of Conservative Judaism, and a major center for academic scholarship in Jewish studies. The Seminary’s programs and facilities include graduate, rabbinical and cantorial schools, five research institutes, including the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education, lay leadership and professional institutes, community education programs and a world-renowned library. the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, a model supplementary high school; and a summer school.

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