|Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the education, Jewish communal service, graduate, and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2001. HUC-JIR, the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional development center of Reform Judaism, trains men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals, and offers graduate and post-graduate degree programs for scholars of all faiths.
Graduation May 14, 2001
Nine students (4 men, 5 women) will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinical ordination.
Three students (2 men, 1 woman) completed their rabbinical studies in Los Angeles and will be ordained in New York on May 20.
The Rhea Hirsch School of Education
Three students (1 man, 2 women) will receive the Joint Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education. Eleven students (3 men, 8 women) will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Education.
The Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service
Five students (all women) will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service.
The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following recipients:
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
- Karen M. Kennelly, C.S.J., President Emerita, Mount St. Mary's College
- The Honorable Tom Lantos, United States Congressman, District #12, State of California
- Ruth Weisberg, M.A., Laurea di Belle Arti, Dean, School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California
Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa (for 25 years of dedicated service)
Rabbi Jerald Michael Brown, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, CA
Rabbi Laura Geller, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA
Rabbi Marvin Marc Gross, Executive Director, Union Station Foundation, Pasadena, CA
Rabbi Steven B. Kaplan, Temple Beth Torah, Fremont, CA
Rabbi Avi Magid, Temple Emanu-El, Honolulu, HI
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, Pacific Palisades, CA
Rabbi Scott Michael Sperling, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle, WA
Doctor of Music, honoris causa (for more than 25 years of dedicated service)
Cantor Stephen Richards, Emeritus, Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek, CA
Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa (for 25 years of dedicated service)
Rivka Dori, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Karen Lipschutz Goodis, Shaar Shalom Synagogue, Toronto, Canada
Aron C. Hirt-Manheimer, Reform Judaism Magazine, New York, NY
Audrey Friedman Marcus, A.R.E. Publishing, Inc., Denver, CO
Sunny E. Romer, Congregation B'nai Israel, Sacramento, CA
Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa
Douglas Henry Kleiner, Kleiner Consulting, Houston, TX
Janis Lee Plotkin, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Oakland, CA
Esther Arner Shapiro, Career Counselor, Los Angeles, CA
Lee R. Wunsch, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Houston, TX
Ruth Weisberg, M.A., Laurea di Belle Arti, Dean, School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California