HUC-JIR/New York 2005 Graduation, Ordination, and Investiture Advisory - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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HUC-JIR/New York 2005 Graduation, Ordination, and Investiture Advisory

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Monday, May 2, 2005

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, investiture, 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. 

The graduating class consists of a diverse and unique student body, including a former television journalist/broadcaster for the French National Channel, an opera singer, a practiced storyteller, a former educational consultant and teacher for the Reform Movement of Great Britain and the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, a tallit craftsman, a former attorney, three Catholic priests, two Protestant clergymen, one Ethical Cultural Leader, and students who run the HUC-JIR soup kitchen, which feeds 200 homeless people each week. 

GRADUATION - MAY 19, 2005 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York 

Rabbinical School Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, leading to rabbinical ordination. Ruth Ann Abusch-Magder
Michael Scott Alper
Gabriella Arad Burrows
Shira Koch Epstein
Amy Feder
Alissa M. Forrest
Dara Beth Frimmer
Dr. Rachel Gurevitz
Michael Douglas Howald
Shoshanah D. King-Tornberg
Annette Ruth Koch
Stephanie Deena Kolin
Eric Linder
Diana S. Lynn
Todd Abram Markley
Jason Nevarez
Erica Michelle S. Rosenkranz
Judith Lazarus Siegal
Baht Yameem Weiss
Mark Bennett Wieder
David Nathan Young 

School of Sacred Music
Master of Sacred Music
Clifford Warren Abramson
Lauren R. Bandman
Marla Ann Goldberg
Kathryn A. Hastings
Micah Floryn Morgovsky
Samantha Michelle Natov
Karen Jane Neff
David Eric Reinwald
Elena Schwartz
Daniel Sklar
Marnie Alyse Stolzenberg
Natalie Miriam Young 

Graduate Studies
Doctor of Ministry degree.
Reverend Father Peter Olu Ajayi 
Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett 
Reverend Nancy Josephine Cooper Cameron 
Rabbi Judith B. Edelstein 
Reverend Barbara Morgan Ewton 
Reverend Benedict Sung Ho Kim, S.J. 
Anne Marie Klaeysen
Rabbi Myrna Joan Matsa 
Reverend Edmund Uche Okere 

New York School of Education
Master of Arts in Religious Education degree.
Delphine Horvilleur
Maurice Alan Salth 

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

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 

American Jewish Distinguished Service Award
Laura Kruger 

Graduation Address
Ruth W. Messinger, President and Executive Director, American Jewish World Service 

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Rabbi Cathy L. Felix
Rabbi Joan Susan Friedman
Rabbi Debra Rose Hachen
Rabbi Jon Roger Haddon
Rabbi Peter Eric Hyman
Rabbi Martin William Levy
Rabbi Judith S. Lewis
Rabbi Jonathan Wolf Malino
Rabbi David W. Nelson
Rabbi Mindy Avra Portnoy
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen 

Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Cantor Dana S. Anesi
Cantor Jeffrey Aaron Klepper
Cantor Judith Blanc Schiff
Cantor Steven Samuel Sher
Cantor Irving Neil Spenadel
Cantor Stephen Stein
Cantor Roger Weisberg 

Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Ruth Birnbaum
Berenica Grayzel 

ORDINATION - MAY 22, 2005 at Central Synagogue 

Rabbinical School
The New York School will ordain 11 rabbis (6 men and 5 women). In addition, 8 rabbis (6 men, 2 women) will be ordained in Los Angeles on May 15 and 8 rabbis (5 men, 3 women) will be ordained in Cincinnati on June 4.
Carey A. Brown
Joshua L. Burrows
Leah Rose Doberne-Shor
Robin D. Nafshi
Michelle Denker Pearlman
Janet Roberts
Andrew L. Rosenkranz
Jared Harrison Saks
Maurice Alan Salth
Jeffrey S. Saxe
Stephen A. Wise 

Cantorial School
The New York School will invest 9 rabbis (4 men and 5 women). 
Guy Bonne
Carrie Faith Brawer
Morris Glazman
Leigh Seth Korn
Shirah Lynn Lipson
Shira Ariel Nafshi
Hayley Koblinsky Poserow
Jennifer Lynn Roher
Daniel A. Singer 

2005 Roger E. Joseph Prize
Jan Egeland, Under Secretary-General for the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator United Nations
Egeland 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
Laura Kruger, Curator. This award recognizes Kruger's commitment to bring significant works of Jewish art to the greater community for the purpose of education and cultural enrichment. Laura Kruger is the curator of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, and a specialist in contemporary fine art. As the founder and president of the Kruger Gallery, New York (1974-1989), Kruger featured contemporary artists working in the métier of jewelry. This award has been given in the past to Irving S. Shapiro, Chair and CEO of Dupont, Laurence A. Tisch and Elissa and Robert Bildner. The 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. 

Ordination 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 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.