Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Graduation and Ordination Advisory Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday, April 1, 2002

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, graduate degree, 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.

GRADUATION  MAY 30, 2002

Rabbinical School
Twelve students (7 men, 5 women) will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters leading to rabbinical ordination.

The School of Graduate Studies
Six students will receive the degree of Ph.D. Five students will receive the degree of Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies. Two students will receive the degree of Master of Arts.

The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following recipients:
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

  • Dr. Bernard Reisman, Founding Director of the Brandeis Adult Learning Institute, the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, and the Fisher/Bernstein Institute for Leadership in Jewish Philanthropy at Brandeis University
  • Dr. Eric Friedland, Sanders Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at the University of Dayton, the United Theological Seminary, Antioch College, and Wright State University
  • Ruth Gay, researcher and author, whose works include The Jews of Germany: A Historical Portrait and Unfinished People: Jewish Immigrants to the United States: 1880-1914.

    2002 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize
    Thomas L. Friedman, will receive the 2002 Bernard Heller Prize for his accurate coverage of the cataclysmic events in the Middle East through his three-time (1983, 1988, and 2002) Pulitzer Prize-winning international reporting and commentary as a correspondent for the New York Times and his National Book Award-winning book, From Beirut to Jerusalem. He serves as a model for commitment to Jewish continuity and has dedicated himself to the pursuit of justice.

    The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization whose, work, writings, or research reflects the values and commitment to the betterment of humanity.

    Graduation Address
    Dr. Bernard Reisman, Founding Director of the Brandeis Adult Learning Institute, the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, and the Fisher/Bernstein Institute for Leadership in Jewish Philanthropy at Brandeis University

    ORDINATION  JUNE 1, 2002

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

    Ordination Address
    Anita Diamant, author (books include The Red Tent and Good Harbor)


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