Graduation/Ordination Advisory Los Angeles, CA

Monday, April 1, 2002

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Ordains First Class of Rabbis in Los Angeles

For the first time ever, the Los Angeles School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in addition to the Cincinnati and New York Schools, will ordain rabbis. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, education, Jewish communal service, graduate, and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2002. 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.

FIRST ORDINATION AT THE LOS ANGELES SCHOOL  MAY 5, 2002

Rabbinical School
The Rabbinical School will ordain eight rabbis (3 men, 5 women) in Los Angeles. In addition, eleven rabbis (7 men, 4 women) will be ordained in Cincinnati on June 1, and twelve rabbis (2 men, 10 women) will be ordained in New York on May 12.

Ordination Address
Rabbi David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

GRADUATION  MAY 13, 2002

Rabbinical School
Eight students (4 men, 4 women) will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinical ordination.

The Rhea Hirsch School of Education
One student will receive the Joint Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education. Three students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Education.

The Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service
Twelve students will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service. One student will receive a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service.

The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following recipients:
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
Rabbi Stanley F. Chyet, Ph.D., Professor of American Jewish History, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Paula E. Hyman, Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Aaron Jonathan Lansky, D.L., President, National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA
Raquel H. Newman, Ed.D., President, RHN Associates, San Francisco, CA

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa (for 25 years of dedicated service)
Rabbi Raphael Wingate Asher, Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek, CA
Rabbi Shelton Jacques Donnell, Temple Beth Sholom, Santa Ana, CA
Rabbi Alan Howard Greenbaum, Temple Adat Elohim, Thousand Oaks, CA
Rabbi Mark Wm. Gross, Temple Beth Orr, Coral Springs, FL
Rabbi Robert Alan Jacobs, Consultant, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Richard Litvak, Temple Beth El, Aptos, CA

Doctor of Sacred Music, honoris causa (for 25 years or more of dedicated service)
Cantor Hans Cohn, Temple Beth Jacob, Emeritus, Redwood City, CA
Cantor Michael Weisser, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Lincoln, NE

Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa (for 25 years of dedicated service)
Daniel Alan Bender, Aloha Jewish Chapel, Outreach Director, Honolulu, HI
Nancy M. Berman, HUC-Skirball Cultural Center, Museum Director Emeritus/ Curator-at-Large, Los Angeles, CA
Joanne Katz Glosser, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, Education Director, Mercer Island, WA
Luisa Latham, Day School Leadership Through Teaching, Site Coordinator for Design Team, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Nachama Skolnick Moskowitz, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Director of Curriculum Resources, Cleveland Heights, OH

Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa
Norman R. Fishman, University of Judaism, Vice President of Development, Bel Air, CA
Tobi Inlender, Los Angeles Hillel Council, Executive Director, Los Angeles, CA
Amy Elizabeth Lipeles, Family Service of Long Beach, Therapist, Long Beach, CA
Sherri W. Morr, Jewish National Fund, Zone Director, West Hills, CA
Ellen Ruby Saliman, Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Senior Worker, Belmont, CA
Judith Glickman Zevin, Clinical Social Worker, Irvine, CA

Graduation Address
Dr. Paula E. Hyman, Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of 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