New York Graduation/Ordination/Investiture Advisory

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Graduation, Ordination, and Investiture Advisory
New York, NY

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, investiture, graduate, and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2003. 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 astronomer, a former Federal prosecutor, a composer, a former opera singer, two Nigerian priests, and students who run the HUC-JIR soup kitchen, which feeds 200 homeless people every Monday night.

GRADUATION - MAY 1, 2003

Rabbinical School
Nineteen students will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, leading to rabbinical ordination.

School of Sacred Music
The 12 students who will be invested as cantors on May 4 will also receive the Master of Sacred Music degree at Graduation.

Graduate Studies
Two students will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree.

New York School of Education
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 
Honorable Avraham Burg, Member of Knesset, State of Israel
Daniel S. Goldin, Senior Fellow, Council on Competitiveness
David A. Harris, Executive Director, The American Jewish Committee
Judith Miller, Pulitzer Prize Winning Correspondent, The New York Times
Leon Uris, Author

Graduation Address
David A. Harris, Executive Director, The American Jewish Committee

ORDINATION AND INVESTITURE - MAY 4, 2003

Rabbinical School
The New York School will ordain 24 rabbis (12 men and 12 women).

School of Sacred Music
The SSM will invest 12 cantors (4 men and 8 women).

2003 Roger E. Joseph Prize
Daniel Pearl, posthumously, and The Daniel Pearl Foundation
Daniel Pearl was an inspiring and courageous journalist, whose integrity was grounded in a commitment to justice and a love for humanity. A citizen of the world, he was murdered by Islamic terrorists in Pakistan primarily because of his Jewish identity. His last, haunting words before his execution were: “I am a Jew.” He was killed because he represented the ideals of modernity, pluralism, freedom of inquiry, truth, honesty, and respect for all people. His hopes and dreams of tolerance and understanding are a living legacy, sustained by The Daniel Pearl Foundation, for all who would help create a better world.

Accepting the award on behalf of Daniel Pearl and The Daniel Pearl Foundation is Professor Judea Pearl, Daniel Pearl’s father.

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 Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

 

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