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

Monday, June 2, 2003

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 consisted 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
Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, leading to rabbinical ordination.
Anne Elizabeth Belford
Marci Nanette Bellows
Benjamin David
Karen Clara Deitsch
John A. Franken
Michael S. Friedman
Ilyse P. Glickman
Rebecca Fay Gutterman
Andrew Mayer Hahn
Jeremy Ethan Master
Alysa Faith Mendelson
Michael A. Pincus
Julie Saxe-Taller
Jennifer Robin Solomon
Linda Kersh Steigman
Taron Charles Tachman
Alana Michelle Wasserman
Scott Bryan Weiner
Shoshanah Haren Wolf

School of Sacred Music
The students who were invested as cantors on May 4 also received the Master of Sacred Music degree at Graduation.
Irena Altshul
Gabriella Arad
Alisa Tamar Forman
Erin Rebecca Frankel
Mark Opatow
David Matthew Rosen
Jeffrey S. Saxe
Tracey Scher
Leon Joseph Sher
Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Tanya Sophia Tamarkin
Rosalie Hannah Toubes

Graduate Studies
Doctor of Ministry degree.
Reverend Alexander N. Iheonunekwu
Father Jerome Udo Ofoegbu

New York School of Education
Master of Arts in Religious Education degree.
Stephanie Michelle Alexander
Sara Lynn Blumstein
Shari Alison Isserles
Jane B. Londy

The College-Institute bestowed 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 ordained 24 rabbis (12 men and 12 women). In addition, 13 rabbis (4 men, 9 women) were ordained in Los Angeles on May 25 and 19 rabbis (12 men, 7 women) were ordained in Cincinnati on May 31.
Stephanie Michelle Alexander
Craig Howard Axler
Marci Rayna Bloch
Jonathan Kadane Crane
Reni Lynn Dickman
Eric L. Eisenkramer
Meir A. Feldman
David Leslie Frankel
John A. Franken
Rachel Dvora Goldenberg
Lisa J. Grushcow
Andrew Mayer Hahn
Michael Garret Holzman
Jennifer April Jaech
Darren S. Levine
Sarah Elizabeth Mack
Adam Frederic Miller
Shoshana Beth Nyer
Stacy Eskovitz Rigler
Jodi Ann Seewald
Jennifer Robin Solomon
David Andrew Spey
Benjamin David Sternman
Jessica Diane Zimmerman

School of Sacred Music
The SSM invested 12 cantors (4 men and 8 women).
Irena Altshul
Gabriella Arad
Alisa Tamar Forman
Erin Rebecca Frankel
Mark Andrew Opatow
David Matthew Rosen
Jeffrey Scott Saxe
Tracey Scher
Leon Joseph Sher
Kerith Carolyn Spencer-Shapiro
Tanya Sophia Tamarkin
Rosalie Hannah Toubes

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 was 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