HUC-JIR/Los Angeles 2005 Graduation/Ordination Advisory - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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HUC-JIR/Los Angeles 2005 Graduation/Ordination Advisory

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Monday, May 2, 2005

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, education, Jewish communal service, graduate, and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2005. 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. 

GRADUATION - MAY 16, 2005 

Rabbinical School
Fourteen students will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinical ordination.
Teri E. Appleby
Pearl Wald Berzansky
Deborah Ann Bock
Josh M. Brown
David Eshel
Arianna Lea Gordon
Jonathan Jaffe
Raquel Shira Yaakova Kosovske
Mark Jordan Miller
Stacey Nolish
David Harry Novak
Julie Lauren Pelc
Susan Green Faulkner Warshaw
Alison Lee Wissot 

The Rhea Hirsch School of Education
Eight students will receive the Masters of Arts in Jewish Education.
Adam Myers Allenberg
Lynn Deborah Flanzbaum
Alissa M. Forrest
Jocelyn E. Hudson
Richard Mark Kellner
Stephanie R. Marshall
Elizabeth Anne Nichols
Rachael M. Robbins 

The Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service
Eleven students will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service.
Marc Joseph Abrams
Ruth Cassuto
Judith Cichowolski de Jenik
Lindy Reznick Davidson
Joel Richard Fisher
Ziba Golshan
Lisa Helene Helfman
Ariel Jenik
Michael C. Mason
Sarah Netka Raful
Stacey Jill Zackin 

The Edgar R. Magnin School of Graduate Studies
Three students will receive the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies.
Elaine L. Diamond
Roger Cody Gantner
Brie Jeanette Loskota 

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

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

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 

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 

Graduation Address
Mark and Peachy Levy, Civic Leaders and Philanthropists 

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 Leaders 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. 

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. 

ORDINATION - MAY 15, 2005 

Rabbinical School
The Rabbinical School will ordain 8 rabbis (6 men, 2 women) in Los Angeles. In addition, 11 rabbis (6 men and 5 women) will be ordained in New York on May 22, and 8 rabbis (5 men, 3 women) will be ordained in Cincinnati on June 4.

Micah Joseph Citrin
Kim Sophia Ettlinger
Joel Robert Fleekop
Brett Aaron Krichiver
Darah Ruth Lerner
Adam Reid Schaffer
Leonard Zukrow
Gershon J. G. Zylberman 

Ordination Address
Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Founding Dean, HUC-JIR, Los Angeles

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 leaders to serve 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, museums, 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.