National Graduation, Ordination, and Investiture Advisory

Monday, April 3, 2006

 

  • The 2006 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize will be awarded to Dr. Paul M. Steinberg, posthumously, Vice President and Dean Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at Graduation at HUC-JIR/New York
  • Clementina Cantoni, Aid Worker, CARE International to receive the 2006 Roger E. Joseph Prize at Ordination at HUC-JIR/New York
  • Stuart Matlins, Publisher and Founder, Jewish Lights Publishing and Skylight Paths Publishing to receive the 2006 American Jewish Distinguished Service Award
  • Paul Jeser, West Coast Regional Director, American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem to receive the 2006 Sherut L'Am Award
  • Dr. Jack P. Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Bible, Harding University, Graduate School of Religion, Memphis Tennessee; Dr. G. Hans Liebenow, Professor Emeritus The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mt. St. Mary's Seminary of the West; and Dr. Clyde M. Woods, Professor of Bible, Freed-Hardman University, Henderson, TN will be awarded Graduate Medallions in Cincinnati for their years of teaching and scholarship
  • Blu Greenberg, Author, President and Founder Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at the Graduation ceremony in New York
  • Russell P. Silverman, Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Union for Reform Judaism will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at Graduation in New York
  • Dr. Peter von der Osten-Sacken, Director, Institute for Church and Judaism, Humbolt University of Berlin, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at Graduation in Los Angeles
  • Dr. Leo Hershkowitz, Professor of History, Queens College, City University of New York, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at Graduation in Cincinnati
  • Grace Paley, American short story writer, poet, and political activist will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at Graduation in Cincinnati

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, investiture, graduate and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2006. Founded in 1875, HUC-JIR is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional development center of Reform Judaism, preparing men and women for careers of service as rabbis, cantors, educators and communal professionals. 

The College-Institute will:

  • Ordain 42 rabbis (19 men, 23 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York
  • Invest 12 cantors (4 men, 8 women) at Investiture Services in New York
  • 31 rabbinical students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature/Letters
  • 37 students will receive graduate degrees - 4 Doctor of Philosophy, 4 Doctor of Ministry, 4 Master of Philosophy, 2 Master of Arts, and 3 Master of Arts in Judaic Studies. Nine students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service. Eleven students will receive education degrees - 3 Joint Masters of Arts in Jewish Education in conjunction with rabbinical degree, 6 Master of Arts in Jewish Education, 2 Master of Arts in Religious Education
  • 41 rabbinical alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity
  • 8 cantorial alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music
  • 1 Jewish communal service alumni will be the recipient of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jewish Communal Service
  • 6 Jewish education alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jewish religious education
  • 3 graduate studies alumni will be recipients of Graduate Medallions for their years of scholarship and teaching

Honorary Awards and Prizes 

The 2006 Roger E. Joseph Prize will be awarded to Clementina Cantoni, Aid Worker, CARE International at Ordination Ceremonies in New York on May 7. Cantoni is being honored for her extraordinary humanitarian work, dedicated to helping the world's poorest communities solve their most threatening problems. In 2002, Cantoni arrived in Afghanistan to run an emergency food program for some 10,000 Afghanistan war widows and orphans, with the aim of getting the women off of food vouchers and into employment. In 2005, as more and more Afghans were frustrated by the lack of development and the oppressive poverty, and their initial gratitude was replaced by cynicism, anger, and violent anti-U.S. protests, Cantoni was snatched from her car on May 16, 2005 in central Kabul. Afghan widows, who live their lives behind closed doors, emerged publicly and demonstrated their respect for Cantoni by holding protest demonstrations calling for her release. They displayed true courage by rallying on behalf of a foreign woman who had helped provide the vital resources of food, medication, and clothing for them and their children. Cantoni was released after three weeks in captivity. Today, she is in Nairobi, continuing her work on behalf of the underprivileged in yet another part of the world. 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 2006 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 Stuart Matlins, Publisher and Founder, Jewish Lights Publishing and Skylight Paths Publishing at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on May 4, in recognition of his commitment to enhancing the cause of Jewish life and Jewish learning. Through Jewish Lights Publishing, he has engaged people of all faiths and backgrounds to help them learn about who the Jewish People are, where they come from, and what the future can be made to hold. 

The 2006 Sherut L'Am Award will be awarded to Paul Jeser at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on May 15, in recognition of his commitment to the College-Institute, the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and over thirty years of work within the field of Jewish Communal Service. Jeser and his son Michael are the first parent-child duo to both have attended the School of Jewish Communal Service. He has served as a senior executive officer at Federations in Orlando and Maine, and has held senior professional positions at CLAL, Jewish National Fund and American Friends of Hebrew University. Jeser credits much of his success in these positions from his experience with the School of Jewish Communal Service. 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. 

The 2006 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize will be awarded to Dr. Paul. M. Steinberg, posthumously at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on May 4. Rabbi, teacher, mentor, Dean, and Vice President of the College-Institute, Dr. Paul Steinberg served HUC-JIR for five decades with dedication, passion and skill. Dr. Steinberg's service to the College-Institute began in 1955. At HUC-JIR/New York, he served as Dean of the Rabbinical School, the School of Education, the School of Sacred Music, and as Dean of the New York School where he served the longest tenure of a Dean in the history of the College-Institute. He also assumed responsibilities for the development of the Jerusalem School and was appointed its first Executive Dean. Dr. Steinberg served as Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Education in Human Relations, Vice President for Communal Development, Chairman of Faculty of the NY School and on the Boards of the Jewish Braille Institute, the Albright Institute of Archaeology in Jerusalem, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and Dorot. He was President of the Gimprich Foundation. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Social Science with Honors at the College of the City of New York and the M.S. in Educational Psychology at the School of Education at City College. He was ordained and received the Master of Hebrew Literature Degree from the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1949. He received his Doctorate in Psychological Services from Columbia University and taught at Hebrew University, New York University, Baruch College, the Department of Defense and the Army Management School. Dr. Steinberg is survived by his wife of 58 years, Trudy Strudler Steinberg; a daughter, Alana Wittenberg of Los Angeles; a son, Dr. Alan L. Steinberg of Stony Brook, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization whose, work, writings, or research reflects the values and commitment to the betterment of humanity. 

A breakdown of degree recipients by School location and program follows: 

New York Graduation - May 4, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. - held at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, 10 East 66th Street, New York, New York 

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

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 

Blu Greenberg Author, President and Founder, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, who will also present theGraduation Address.
Russell P. Silverman Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Union for Reform Judaism to receive a Doctor of Humane Letters,honoris causa.

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa 

Rabbi Jeffrey B. Ableser Congregation Beth El, Windsor, Ontario
Rabbi Susan R. Abramson Temple Shalom Emeth, Burlington, MA
Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett Temple Sinai, Newington, CT
Rabbi Helen R. Ferris Temple Israel of North Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Rabbi Elyse D. Frishman Barnett Temple, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Rabbi Robert S. Goldstein Temple Emanuel, Andover, MA
Rabbi Marc A. Gruber Central Synagogue of Nassau County, Rockville Centre, NY
Rabbi Patrice E. Heller Rabbinical and Psychological Practice, Ambler, PA
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Kahn Temple Har Shalom, Warren, NJ
Rabbi David A. Katz Temple Concord, Binghamton, NY
Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg Senior Advisor on Disabilities, Union for Reform Judaism, Washington, DC
Rabbi Garry A. Loeb Temple Beth-El, The Monroe Temple of Liberal Judaism, Monroe, NY
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky Executive Director, Jewish Outreach Institute, New York, NY
Rabbi Sara R. Perman Congregation Emanu-El Israel, Greensburg, PA
Rabbi James M. Prosnit Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT
Rabbi Elizabeth Rolle Educator, Teacher, Stamford, CT
Rabbi Harry L. Rosenfeld Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, NY
Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff Temple B'nai Or, Morristown, NJ
Rabbi Laurie Lynn Rutenberg Gesher: A Bridge of Outreach to Unaffiliated Jews, Portland, OR
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin The Temple - Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, Atlanta, GA
Rabbi Donald A. Weber Temple Rodeph Torah of Western Monmouth, Marlboro, NJ

Doctor of Music, honoris causa: 

Cantor Gail P. Hirschenfang Congregation Shir Chadash of the Hudson Valley LaGrangeville, NY
Cantor Alane S. Katzew Director of Music Programming, Union for Reform Judaism, New York, NY
Cantor Judith Kahan Rowland Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore, MD
Cantor Thomas Schwartz Retired, Toronto, Ontario
Cantor Ellen L. Stettner Temple Beth Shira, Boca Raton, FL
Stuart Matlins Publisher and Founder, Jewish Lights Publishing and Skylight Paths Publishing to receive the 2006 American Jewish Distinguished Service Award

Rabbinical School

  • 11 students will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, leading to rabbinical ordination

Graduate Studies

  • 4 students will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree

New York School of Education

  • 2 students will receive the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and 3 students will receive a Joint Master of Arts in Religious Education and Rabbinical degree

New York Ordination - May 7, 2006 at 9 a.m. - held at Central Synagogue, 55th Street & Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 

Rabbinical School

  • 20 rabbis (7 men and 13 women) will be ordained

Cantorial School

  • 12 cantors (3 men and 9 women) will be invested

Los Angeles Graduation - May 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. - held at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles 

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

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 

Dr. Peter von der Osten-Sacken Director, Institute for Church and Judaism, Humbolt University of Berlin, who will also present the Graduation Address.

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: 

Rabbi William C. Berk Temple Chai, Phoenix, AZ
Rabbi Robert J. Eisen Congregation Anshei Israel, Tucson, AZ
Rabbi Morely T. Feinstein University Synagogue, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Ze've Harari Congregation Am Echod, Lindenhurst, IL
Rabbi Bruce J. Kadden Temple Beth El, Tacoma, WA
Rabbi Leah Kroll Stephen S. Wise Temple Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Howard O. Laibson Temple Israel of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Rabbi Gary A. Schoenberg Gesher: A Bridge of Outreach to Unaffiliated Jews, Portland
Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Rabbi Richard J. Shapiro Temple Sinai, Palm Desert, CA
Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev Director, Beit Midrash of Northern New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

Doctor of Music, honoris causa: 

Cantor Samuel B. Radwine Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa: 

Howard C. Neistein Chief Administrative Officer, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa: 

Debora Weinberg Antonoff Program Director, North Metro Outreach and Jewish Education, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Roberta Louis Goodman Director, Distance Learning Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Siegal College of Judaic Studies, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Deborah Kerdeman Associate Professor, Jewish Studies Program, University of Washington, Seattle WA
Nancy Prager Levin Project Coordinator, Creating Teaching Excellence in Congregational School Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Marx The Santa Monica Synagogue, Santa Monica, CA
Martha W. White Educator, Los Angeles, CA

Rabbinical School:

  • 19 students will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinical ordination

The Rhea Hirsch School of Education:

  • 6 students will receive the Masters of Arts in Jewish Education

The School of Jewish Communal Service:

  • 9 students will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service

The Edgar R. Magnin School of Graduate Studies:

  • 3 students will receive the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies

Los Angeles Ordination - May 14, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. - held at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 

Rabbinical School

  • 14 rabbis (4 men, 10 women) will be ordained

Cincinnati Graduation - May 21, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. - held at Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 

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

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 

Dr. Leo Hershkowitz, Professor of History, Queens College, City University of New York Grace Paley, American short story writer, poet, and political activist

Grace Paley American short story writer, poet, and political activist

Graduate Medallions will be awarded to the following recipients for their years of teaching and scholarship: 

Dr. Jack P. Lewis Professor Emeritus of Bible, Harding University, Graduate School of Religion, Memphis Tennessee
Dr. G. Hans Liebenow Professor Emeritus, The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mt. St. Mary's Seminary of the West
Dr. Clyde M. Woods Professor of Bible, Freed-Hardman University, Henderson, TN

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: 

Rabbi Melanie Willa Aron Congregation Shir Hadash Los Gatos, CA
Rabbi Robert B. Barr Congregation Beth Adam, Loveland, OH
Rabbi Paul D. Caplan Temple Anshe Sholom, Olympia Fields, IL
Rabbi James Stone Goodman Neve Shalom and Central Reform Synagogue, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Michael A. Kagan Associate Professor of Philosophy, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY
Rabbi Lawrence P. Karol Temple Beth Sholom, Topeka, KS
Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff Congregation B'nai Jehudah, Overland Park, KS
Rabbi Susan A. Talve Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Faedra Lazar Weiss Research Associate, Girls Incorporated National Resource Center, Indianapolis, IN

Doctor of Music, honoris causa: 

Cantor Regina Y. Heit Congregation Emanuel, Denver, CO
Cantor Norman Rose Oak Park, MI
Dr. John I. Kampen Academic Dean, Methodist Theological School, will present the Graduation Address.

Rabbinical School:

  • 1 student will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters leading to rabbinical ordination.

The School of Graduate Studies:

  • 4 students will receive the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Hebraic and Cognate studies.
  • 4 students will receive the degree of Master of Philosophy.
  • 2 students will receive the degree of Master of Arts.

Cincinnati Ordination - May 20, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. - held at Plum Street Temple, Eighth and Plum Streets, Cincinnati 

Rabbinical School

  • 8 rabbis (7 men, 1 woman) will be ordained.

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