2005 Graduation/Ordination/Investiture Advisory

Monday, May 2, 2005

› Dr. Richard C. Levin to receive the 2005 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize at Graduation at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati 

› Jan Egeland, Under Secretary-General for the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator United Nations to receive the 2005 Roger E. Joseph Prize at Ordination at HUC-JIR/New York 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, investiture, graduate, and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2005. Founded in 1875, HUC-JIR is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional development center of Reform Judaism, preparing men and women for careers of service as rabbis, cantors, educators and communal professionals. 

The College-Institute will:

  • Ordain 27 rabbis (17 men, 10 women) in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York
  • Invest 9 cantors (4 men, 5 women) at Investiture Services in New York, 48 rabbinical students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature/Letters
  • 12 students will receive the Master of Sacred Music degree
  • 21 students will receive graduate degrees - 2 Doctor of Philosophy, 9 Doctor of Ministry, 5 Master of Philosophy, 2 Master of Arts, and 3 Master of Arts in Judaic Studies. Eleven students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service. Eleven students will receive education degrees - 1 Joint Masters of Arts in Jewish Education in conjunction with rabbinical degree, 8 Master of Arts in Jewish Education, 2 Master of Arts in Religious Education
  • 30 rabbinical alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity
  • 7 cantorial alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music
  • 7 Jewish communal service alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jewish Communal Service
  • 7 Jewish education alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jewish religious education

The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following recipients: 

Los Angeles, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 

Dr. Lloyd Armstrong, Jr., Provost, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of Southern California
Theodore Bikel, Renowned Actor, Singer and Social Justice Activist 

Los Angeles, Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: 

Rabbi Aliza Wallin Berk, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, San Francisco, Ca
Rabbi Michael B. Berk, Regional Director, Pacific Central West Council, Union for Reform Judaism, San Francisco, Ca
Rabbi Steven A. Fox, Davis & Fox, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Alan Harvey Henkin, Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Council, Union for Reform Judaism, Encino, CA
Rabbi Mathew David Michaels, Congregation Jewish Community North, Spring, TX
Rabbi Kurt Franklin Stone, North Broward Havurah, Coral Springs, FL
Rabbi Leonard Simon Zoll, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, Tahoe Vista, CA

Los Angeles, Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa: 

Mindy S. Berkowitz, Executive Director, Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
Jane E. Fantel, Solana Beach, CA
Ellen R. Goldsmith, Domestic Violence Coordinator, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Long Beach and West Orange County, Long Beach, CA
Mitch Orlik, Director of Advancement, Jewish Home for the Aging, Reseda, CA
Fred Rothstein, Executive Director, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR
Judith Ann Seid, Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurath, Baltimore, MD 

Los Angeles, Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa: 

Dorey J. Brandt-Finell, Librarian and Education Resource Specialist, Colorado Agency for Jewish Education, Denver, CO
David B. Finell, Principal, Summit Middle School, Boulder, CO
Susan Kittner Huntting, Freelance Jewish Education Consultant, Sarasota, FL
Debi M. Rowe, Director of Education and Programs, Temple Beth El, San Pedro, CA 

New York, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 

Dr. David Weiss-Halivni, The Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization, Columbia University
Ruth W. Messinger, President and Executive Director, American Jewish World Service, who will present the Graduation Address 

New York, Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: 

Rabbi Cathy L. Felix, Jewish Center of Sussex County, Newton, NJ
Rabbi Joan Susan Friedman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
Rabbi Debra Rose Hachen, Temple Beth El, Closter, NJ
Rabbi Jon Roger Haddon, Temple Shearith Israel, Ridgefield, CT
Rabbi Peter Eric Hyman, Temple Sholom Broomall, Broomall, PA
Rabbi Martin William Levy, Wood River Jewish Community, Ketchum, ID
Rabbi Judith S. Lewis, Temple Israel of the City of New York, New York, NY
Rabbi Jonathan Wolf Malino, Professor of Philosophy, John A. Weissenfluh Professor of Ethics and Religion, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
Rabbi David W. Nelson, Director, Jewish Life Connection, Bergen County YJCC, Township of Washington, NJ
Rabbi Mindy Avra Portnoy, Temple Sinai, Washington, DC
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, Director, Concerned Clergy for Choice, Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Albany, NY; Associate Rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Worcester, MA
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA
Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen, Temple Beth Tikvah, Wayne, NJ
New York, Doctor of Music, honoris causa: 

Cantor Dana S. Anesi, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, Chappaqua, NY

Cantor Jeffrey Aaron Klepper, Temple Sinai of Sharon, Massachusetts, West Roxbury, MA
Cantor Judith Blanc Schiff, Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR
Cantor Steven Samuel Sher, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Cantor Irving Neil Spenadel, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Westborough, MA
Cantor Stephen Stein, Temple Beth Torah, Melville, NY
Cantor Roger Weisberg, Congregation Beth Judea, Long Grove, IL 

New York, Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa: 

Ruth Birnbaum, Morganville, NJ
Berenica Grayzel, Manalapan, NJ 

Cincinnati, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: Eli Evans, President Emeritus, Charles H. Revson Foundation and Master Storyteller 

Cincinnati, Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: Rabbi Howard Leslie Apothaker, Temple Beth Shalom, New Albany, OH
Rabbi Thomas Joseph Friedmann, Temple Israel, Columbus, GA
Rabbi Samuel Neal Gordon, Congregation Sukkat Shalom, Wilmette, IL
Rabbi Vicki Hollander, Congregation House of Israel, Hot Springs, AR
Rabbi Kenneth A. Kanter, Congregation Micah, Brentwood, TN
Rabbi Ronald William Kaplan, Temple Beth Am, Parsippany, NJ
Rabbi Ellen Jay Lewis, Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey, Washington, NJ
Rabbi Mark A. Peilen, Congregation B'nai Israel, Columbus, MS
Rabbi Samuel Albert Rothberg, Vice President of Investments, Smith Barney, Aventura, FL
Rabbi Michael Weinberg, Temple Beth Israel, Skokie, IL

Cincinnati, Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa: 

Josephine K. Solomon, Educational Director, Congregation B'nai Torah, Highland Park, IL 

Cincinnati, Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa: Karen Rubin Elson, Assistant Director of Education and Family Jewish Educator, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Worthington, OH 

Honorary Awards and Prizes 

The 2005 Roger E. Joseph Prize will be awarded to Jan Egeland, Under Secretary-General for the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations at Ordination Ceremonies in New York on May 22. Egeland, a humanitarian worker and peace broker on behalf of victims worldwide was the first to sound the alarm on the present situation in the Darfur region of Sudan, where Arab militias have been killing black Muslim villagers, polluting water, and destroying crops, leading to 1.2 million displaced people requiring food and shelter. With an altruism rooted in his Norwegian, Lutheran upbringing, he worked for Amnesty International while still in high school, campaigned for the "disappeared" in Chile in the 1970s, and later joined the Red Cross as an aid worker. As deputy foreign minister of Norway in the 1990s, his passion for aid work persisted and he was a participant in a number of peace processes: he co-initiated and co-organized the Norwegian channel between Israel and the PLO in 1992, which led to the Oslo Accord of 1993; directed the Norwegian facilitation of the United Nations-led peace talks leading up to the ceasefire agreement between the government of Guatemala and the URNG guerillas in 1996; and led the host delegation when the Ottawa treaty to ban landmines was successfully negotiated and adopted in Oslo in 1997. Today, Egeland travels to conflict zones around the globe and returns to the United Nations to attest to villainy and appeal to conscience to hold the world accountable for not halting barbarity. From Colombia and Sri Lanka to Uganda and the eastern Congo, Egeland activates the United Nations' relief operations, which can now field an emergency team within 24 hours anywhere in the world and quickly have it dispensing food, water, sanitation, shelter, health care, and human rights protection. The Roger E. Joseph Prize 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. 

The 2005 American Jewish Distinguished Service Award is a national award presented to outstanding and prominent Jewish leaders in recognition of their commitment to enhancing the cause of Jewish life and Jewish learning. It will be awarded to:

  • Mark and Peachy Levy, Civic Leader and Philanthropists, at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on May 16, in recognition of their dedication and commitment to make health and healing part of the educational and spiritual agenda within Jewish life. Through the establishment of The Kalsman Institute, founded on the principle that health and healing are a fundamental part of the Jewish religious experience, Mark and Peachy Levy are responsible for providing the greater Jewish community with an institute that trains professionals to serve in this field.
  • Laura Kruger, curator of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion Museum, New York at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on May 19, in recognition of her commitment to present the creativity of significant Jewish artists to the greater community for the purpose of education and cultural enrichment. As the founder and president of the Kruger Gallery, New York (1974-1989), Kruger featured contemporary artists working in the m�tier of jewelry.

The 2005 Sherut L'Am Award will be awarded to Steve Breuer at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on May 16, in recognition of his 25 years of service to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the community as executive director of one of the oldest Reform Jewish congregations in the country. Breuer joined Wilshire Boulevard Temple's staff in 1962, and soon became director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp, an institution responsible for teaching Jewish youth to value the importance of family and faith. In addition to his administration of the Temple, camps and conference center, he oversaw the purchase of the site of the synagogue's Audrey & Sydney Irmas Campus and coordinated the planning, construction and operations of the West Los Angeles complex. The Sherut L'Am Award recognizes an individual whose creative vision and passion has been manifested in his or her endeavors to perpetuate the continuity of Judaism. 

The 2005 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize will be awarded to Dr. Richard C. Levin at Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati on June 5. Mr. Levin is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, and President of Yale University since 1993. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1968 and studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a B.Litt. degree. In 1974 he received his Ph.D. from Yale and joined the Yale faculty. Before becoming president, he chaired the economics department and served as dean of Yale's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. As president, he has invested in the physical renovation of the campus on an unprecedented scale, worked to improve relations with the city of New Haven, and launched a billion-dollar expansion in the sciences and medicine. Mr. Levin is a director of the Hewlett Foundation, Lucent Technologies, and Satmetrix, and he is a member of the national bipartisan commission investigating improvements to the country's intelligence operations. He also chairs the board of AllLearn, a joint venture of Yale, Oxford, and Stanford universities. 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. 

A breakdown of degree recipients by School location and program follows: 

New York Graduation - May 19, 2005 at 12:30p.m. held at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
10 East 66th Street, New York, New York 

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

School of Sacred Music
12 students will receive the Master of Sacred Music degree at Graduation. 

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

New York School of Education
1 student will receive the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and 1 student will receive a Joint Master of Arts in Religious Education and Rabbinical degree. 

New York Ordination - May 22, 2005 at 9 a.m. held at Central Synagogue, 55th Street & Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 

Rabbinical School
11 rabbis (6 men and 5 women) will be ordained. 

Cantorial School
9 cantors (4 men and 5 women) will be invested. 

Los Angeles Graduation - May 16, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. held at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles 

Mark and Peachy Levy, Civic Leaders and Philanthropists, will present theGraduation Address

Rabbinical School:
14 students will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinical ordination. 

The Rhea Hirsch School of Education
8 students will receive the Masters of Arts in Jewish Education. 

The School of Jewish Communal Service
11 students will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service. 

The Edgar R. Magnin School of Graduate Studies
3 students will receive the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies. 

Los Angeles Ordination - May 15, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. held at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 

Rabbinical School
8 rabbis (6 men, 2 women) will be ordained. 

Cincinnati Graduation - June 5, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. held at Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 

Dr. Richard C. Levin, the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics and the twenty-second president of Yale University, will present the Graduation Address. 

Rabbinical School
13 students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters leading to rabbinical ordination. 

The School of Graduate Studies
2 students will receive the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Hebraic and Cognate studies.
5 students will receive the degree of Master of Philosophy.
2 students will receive the degree of Master of Arts. 

Cincinnati Ordination - June 4, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. held at Plum Street Temple, Eighth and Plum Streets, Cincinnati 

Rabbinical School
8 rabbis (5 men, 3 women) will be ordained. 


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