HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Announces 2005 Graduate & Honorary Degree Recipients

Monday, May 2, 2005

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Cincinnati, will hold its graduation ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2005 at the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Amberley Village. Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR, will confer the degrees for this dynamic group of scholars. Richard C. Levin, president of Yale University and recipient of the 2005 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize, will deliver the address. The College-Institute is also proud to announce Eli Evans will be granted a Doctorate of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa. HUC-JIR, Cincinnati, will award 22 graduate degrees and 13 Honorary Doctorates at this year's commencement exercise. 

Richard C. Levin brings a wealth of knowledge to HUC-JIR's graduation. Before he was named Yale's president in 1993, he served as dean of its graduate school, chair of the economics department, director of graduate studies and professor of economics and management. Levin earned his Bachelor's at Stanford University and studied at Oxford before he came to Yale in 1970. Originally from San Francisco, Levin has published volumes of articles in national and international publications. He has received honors from such reputable institutions as Harvard, Princeton and Oxford and has served as a member of an array of organizations including the National Academy of Science, the National Research Council and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. He sits on the boards of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration and Hopkin's School. Levin, the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics at Yale, is a dedicated member of his community and HUC-JIR is privileged to feature him at this annual ceremony. 

As part of the commencement activities of the College-Institute, Levin will receive the 2005 Dr. Bernard C. Heller Prize. This international award is presented annually to an individual or organization whose work, writings or research reflects the values of, and commitment to, the betterment of humanity. 

Eli N. Evans is receiving a Doctor of Human Letters degree, honoris causa, for his invaluable contributions to the advancement and understanding of American Jewry. Evans, originally from Durham, North Carolina, is president emeritus of the Charles H. Revson Foundation in New York, which supports urban affairs, education, biomedical research policy and Jewish philanthropy and education. Evans attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale Law School. This honor coincides with the publication of a new illustrated edition of his American, Southern, and Jewish classic, The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South. His autobiographical writings and essays give eloquent voice to the Jewish South and he is internationally recognized as an analyst of Jewish history and culture, bringing the unique perspective of one who has grown up Jewish in the American South. 

Graduate degrees will be awarded as follows: Doctor of philosophy degrees will be granted to Nathaniel Blake Hearson and In Seh Lee. Clark Booking, Alexander Bolotnikov, David Everson, Michael Matlock and Sungduk Yun will receive Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies degrees. Master of Arts degrees will be awarded to Leslie McCuller and Bo Yang. Jeffrey Brown, Charles Cytron-Walker, Ilan Emanuel, Jonathan Greenberg, Paul Jacobson, Asher Knight, Roger Lerner, Bradley Levenberg, Jennifer Goldstein Lewis, Evan Moffic, Mark Rothschild, Jeffrey Segall and Michelle Werner will each receive a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. 

These graduates represent the time-honored tradition of rigorous education at HUC-JIR's graduate school. They will enter various professions in higher education, religion, government and other institutions equipped with the quality knowledge and skills that so characterize alumni of the College-Institute. 

Doctor of Divinity degrees, honoris causa, are awarded to HUC-JIR alumni in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their rabbinic ordination. Each of these rabbis have led diverse and remarkable careers as Jewish professionals in congregations and communities across the United States. This honorary degree commemorates their efforts in the advancement of the Reform Movement and the enhancement of its value in greater American Jewry. 

This year's Doctor of Divinity degrees will be conferred upon Rabbis Howard Apothaker, Thomas Friedman, Joseph Freidman, Samuel Gordon, Vicki Hollander, Kenneth Kanter, Ronald Kaplan, Ellen Jay Lewis, Mark Peilen, Samuel Rothberg and Michael Weinberg. A Doctor of Religious Education will be awarded to Karen Elson. 

Each of these graduates and honored advocates represent the mission of HUC-JIR. They embody the values and scholarship of a renowned faith-based education central to the tradition and legacy of a 130-year-old Institution. 

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