Graduation/Ordination/Investiture Advisory

Thursday, April 1, 1999

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, investiture, graduate degree, and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 1999. The College-Institute will ordain 45 rabbis (24 men, 21 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati and New York and will invest 6 cantors (1 man, 5 women) at Investiture Services in New York. In addition, 41 rabbinic students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters/ Literature and six students will receive the Master of Sacred Music degree. Sixteen students will receive graduate degrees -- Ph.D. in Semitic Languages, Ph.D. in History of Biblical Interpretation, Ph.D. in Rabbinic Literature, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Hebrew Studies, Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies, Master of Arts in Judaic Studies, or Master of Arts. Thirteen students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service. Seven students will receive education degrees -- Master of Arts in Religious Education, Joint Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education, or Master of Arts in Jewish Education.

 

The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following recipients:

 

 

New York, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 
Dr. Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church, Harvard University 
Dr. Joseph Gutmann, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Wayne State University 
Evelyn H. Lauder, Founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation 
Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney, New York County

 

 

Los Angeles, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa:
Dr. Edna Amir Coffin, Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
Dr. Jane G. Pisano, Senior Vice President of External Relations, University of Southern California 
Dr. John K. Roth, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College.

 

 

Cincinnati, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 
Professor Richard Breitman, Professor of History at American University
Professor Christopher Browning, Professor of History, Pacific Lutheran University 
Sister Ruth Graf, Professor of Theology, Xavier University
Professor Jan Karski, Retired Professor of Political Science, Georgetown University & Holocaust hero
Dr. Herbert H. Paper, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati 
Dr. Ben Zion, Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati 
Professor Herbert Zafren, Director of Libraries Emeritus, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

 

A breakdown of degree recipients by School and program follows:

 

 

New York Graduation -- May 13, 1999 
Rabbinic School 
Twenty-five students (12 male, 13 female) will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, leading to rabbinic ordination. 
The School of Education 
One male student will receive the degree on Master of Arts in Religious Education. 
School of Sacred Music 
The six students who will be invested as cantors on May 16 will also receive the Master of Sacred Music degree at graduation. 
Graduate Studies 
Four students (3 male, 1 female), who are already rabbis, will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling.New York Ordination -- May 16, 1999 
Rabbinic School 
The New York School will ordain 23 rabbis (13 men and 10 women). 
School of Sacred Music 
The SSM will invest six cantors (1 man and 5 women).Los Angeles Graduation -- May 17, 1999 
Rabbinic School 
Twelve students (4 male, 8 female) will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinic ordination. 
The Rhea Hirsch School of Education 
Two female students will receive the Joint Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education. Four students (1 male, 3 female) will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Education. 
The Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies 
One female student will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Judaic Studies. One female student will receive the degree of Doctor of Hebrew Studies. 
The Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service 
Thirteen students (4 male, 9 female) will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service.Cincinnati Graduation -- June 2, 1999 
Rabbinic School 
Two female students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters leading to rabbinic ordination. 
The School of Graduate Studies 
Four male students will receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Four students (3 male, 1 female) will receive the degree of Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies. Two male students will receive the degree of Master of Arts. 
Cincinnati Ordination -- June 5, 1999 
Rabbinic School 
The Cincinnati School will ordain 22 rabbis (11 men, 11 women).


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