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