Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, investiture, 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.
The graduating class consists of a diverse and unique student body, including a former professor and opera singer, a 3rd generation rabbi, a marathon runner, a cantor who is being ordained a rabbi, a former family therapist, emigr's from the former Soviet Union and South Africa, a former furniture businessman, an attorney, and students who run the HUC-JIR soup kitchen, which feeds 200 homeless people every Monday night.
Graduation May 17, 2001
Jerome H. Somers
Attorney, Goodwin, Proctor and Hoar
Immediate Past Chairman, Union of American Hebrew Congregations Board of Trustees
Ten students (3 men, 7 women) will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, leading to rabbinical ordination.
School of Sacred Music
The 11 students who will be invested as cantors on May 20 will also receive the Master of Sacred Music degree at Graduation on May 17.
Five students will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree; one student will receive the Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree; four students will receive the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree.
The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following recipients:
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
Yaacov Agam, Artist
Anthony Montag, Investment Counsel, Montag and Associates
Jerome H. Somers, Attorney, Goodwin, Proctor and Hoar
Ordination and Investiture May 20, 2001
The Rabbinical School will ordain 31 rabbis (14 men and 17 women).
School of Sacred Music
The School of Sacred Music will invest 11 cantors (3 men and 8 women).
2001 Roger E. Joseph Prize
Morris S. Dees, Jr. and the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama
The Roger E. Joseph Prize, HUC-JIR's highest award, is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization which, by virtue of religious and moral commitment, has made a distinctive contribution to humanity.
Ordination and Investiture Address
Rabbi David N. Saperstein
Director, Religious Action Center, Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu