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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Ordination Advisory Cincinnati, Ohio

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Monday, April 3, 2006

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is proud to announce the ordination recipients of the Class of 2006. 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. 

This year's ordination candidates will be placed in Jewish organizations and congregations across the world from Georgia to Texas, from Minnesota to Australia. 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 2006 is an especially diverse, insightful and committed group of individuals that the College-Institute is proud to ordain. 

Eight new rabbis will be ordained Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. at Plum Street Temple at the 123rd ordination ceremony of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Cincinnati. The following students will be ordained as rabbis: Charles Louis Cytron-Walker, Jonathan Lee Greenberg, Paul Jared Jacobson, Bradley Gordon Levenberg, Evan Bradley Moffic, Mark Edmund Rothschild, Jeffrey Michael Segall and Michelle Andrea Werner. President David Ellenson and the family and friends of those ordained welcome the community to be a part of this most historic event. 

The ordination class has invited Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, recognized for his humanity and scholarly wisdom regarding the significance of spirituality in influencing health and illness, to deliver the ordination address. Rabbi Samuel E. Karff is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, the oldest Jewish congregation in Texas, where he served his congregation for twenty-four years as Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Karff is presently Associate Director of the John P. McGovern, M.D. Center of Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit and Visiting Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, Texas. He was a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University from 1977 to 2001. Rabbi Karff graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and earned a doctorate from Hebrew Union College in 1956. He is the author of Agada: The Language of Jewish Faith, The Soul of the Rav, andPermission to Believe: Finding Faith in Troubled Times. In 1999 he became the Founder and Director of the Health and Human Spirit Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, which in 2004 was expanded into the newly formed McGovern Center. Rabbi Karff is a past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, serves on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of Religion, Texas Medical Center-Houston; The Coalition for Mutual Respect, Anti-Defamation League; and is a former member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees for the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast. The College-Institute is privileged to welcome its ordination speaker, Rabbi Samuel E. Karff. 

In total, the international College-Institute will ordain 42 rabbis (19 men, 23 women) and invest twelve cantors (four men, eight 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 Phyllis Volan at (513) 487-3032. 

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, 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.