Eight New Rabbis to be Ordained at 122nd Ordination Ceremony of HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

Monday, May 2, 2005

Eight new rabbis will be ordained Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. at Plum Street Temple at the 122nd ordination ceremony of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Cincinnati. The ordination class has invited Rabbi David Saperstein, a renowned scholar and author in the field of Reform Judaism, to deliver the ordination address. President David Ellenson and the family and friends of those ordained welcome the community to be a part of this most historic event. 

This year's ordination candidates will be placed in pulpits across the nation from Seattle to Atlanta, from San Diego to Lincoln, Neb. They will enter the Jewish professional ministry as the products of HUC-JIR's unsurpassed program of scholarly training at the frontier of the Jewish Reform movement. The class of 2005 is an especially diverse, insightful and committed group of individuals that the College-Institute is proud to ordain. 

The following students will be ordained as rabbis: Jeffrey Brown, Ilan Emanuel, Daniel Fellman, Amy Greenbaum, Leah Herz, Jennifer Goldstein Lewis, Frederick Reeves and Michael Sommer. 

The College-Institute is privileged to welcome its ordination speaker, Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. Having served this position for 30 years, Rabbi Saperstein has guided this organization to "become one of the most powerful Jewish bodies in Washington, second only to AIPAC," according to J. J. Goldberg in his bookJewish Power. Rabbi Saperstein, a native of New York, received his bachelor's degree at Cornell, was ordained at HUC-JIR, New York, and earned his law degree at American University in Washington. He has shared his expertise on national television, on Oprah and Nightline, and has published two books: Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice: Tough Moral Choices of Our Time, and Thunder in America; furthermore, his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Harvard Law Review. Rabbi Saperstein also teaches law classes at Georgetown University Law School and is married with two sons. 

In total, the international College-Institute will ordain 27 rabbis (17 men, 10 women) and invest nine cantors (four men, five women) in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and New York this year. These new rabbis and cantors will be serving Reform Jewish congregations and community organizations around the country; and in so doing, share the skills and knowledge of an unparalleled Jewish education. 

For any additional information, please contact Sarah Strouse at (513) 487-3234. 


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