Middlebury

August 16, 2001

Contact:
Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

Posted: August 16, 2001

MIDDLEBURY,
VT -
Rabbi Ira J. Schiffer has been named to the
position of associate chaplain at Middlebury College. His
responsibilities will include promoting Jewish life on
campus and, in conjunction with the College chaplain,
providing pastoral care and support to the College
community.

"I'm
excited to work at Middlebury and to serve as the College's
first non-Christian clergy in the chaplain's office," he
said.

Schiffer
joins an inter-religious team of leaders providing ethical
and religious guidance on campus. In addition to his work at
Middlebury College, he will serve as director of education
for Havurah: The Addison County Jewish
Congregation.

Schiffer
brings more than two decades of rabbinic experience in
congregational and community work to the position. He and
his family recently returned to the United States following
a five-year period living and working in the Northern
Galilee region of Israel. Prior to his time in Israel,
Schiffer was congregational rabbi at Beth Am Synagogue in
Baltimore, Md. He is a past president of the
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Schiffer
received his rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist
Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, Pa., and holds a
master's degree in religion from Brown University in
Providence, R.I.