Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 2007 Graduation/Ordination/Investiture Advisory

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, investiture, graduate and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2007. 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 2007 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize will be awarded to Dr. Judah Folkman, Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School Director, Vascular Biology Program, Children's Hospital Boston at Graduation at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
  • Whitwell Middle School Holocaust Memorial and Paper Clip Project to receive the 2007 Roger E. Joseph Prize at Ordination at HUC-JIR/New York.
  • Lynn Schusterman, Founder and President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Aaron Feuerstein, Founder, Chair, CEO, Malden Mills; Burton Lehman, Past Chair, Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Dr. Judith Plaskow, Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College; and Harold Tanner, Chair, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will receive the degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at Graduation ceremonies in New York.
  • Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Director, Institute for Jewish Studies Emory University; Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University; and Reverend Cecil L. Murray, Rel.D., Tanzy Chair of Christian Ethics, University of Southern California, Retired Minister, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, will receive the degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at Graduation in Los Angeles.
  • Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet, Past President and Professor of Bible Emeritus, Leo Baeck College, London, England; Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service, Professor of Law and Ethics, The University of Chicago; and Dr. Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Professor of English and Jewish Studies, Director of the Institute for Jewish Culture and the Arts, Indiana University, will receive the degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at Graduation in Cincinnati.
  • Harvey Horowitz, Librarian Emeritus, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles to receive the President's Medal at Graduation at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.
  • Dr. Reuben Ahroni, Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Dr. Rodney Eugene Cloud, Professor and Minister, Regions University, Montgomery, AL; Dr. Mary Ruth Graf, R.S.M. Retired Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH; Dr. Ronald A. Veenker, Retired Professor of Religion, western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY will be awarded Graduate Medallions in Cincinnati for their years of teaching and scholarship.

The College-Institute will:

  • Ordain 61 rabbis (29 men, 32 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York
  • Invest 10 cantors (5 men, 5 women) at Investiture Services in New York
  • 73 rabbinical students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature/Letters
  • 15 cantorial students will receive the degree of Master of Sacred Music
  • 36 students will receive graduate degrees - 4 Doctor of Ministry, 1 Master of Arts in Judaic Studies. Thirteen students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service. Eighteen students will receive education degrees - 10 Master of Arts in Jewish Education, and 8 Master of Arts in Religious Education.
  • 33 rabbinical alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity
  • 6 cantorial alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music
  • 9 Jewish communal service alumni will be the recipient of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jewish Communal Service
  • 5 Jewish education alumni will be recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Jewish religious education
  • 4 graduate studies alumni will be recipients of Graduate Medallions for their years of scholarship and teaching.

Honorary Awards and Prizes 

The 2007 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize will be awarded to Dr. Judah Folkman at Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati on June 3, 2007. Dr. Folkman is the Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School Director, Vascular Biology Program, Children's Hospital Boston. He holds honorary degrees from 17 universities and is the author of more than 400 original peer-reviewed papers and 109 book chapters and monographs. Dr. Judah Folkman is the founder of the field of angiogenesis research. He has made seminal discoveries on the mechanism of angiogenesis, which have opened a field of investigation now pursued worldwide. His exceptional achievements have been recognized by many national and international awards. In 1990, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize is an international award presented to an individual or organization whose work, writing, or research reflects significant contributions in the areas of Arts, Letters, the Humanities and Religion. 

The 2007 Roger E. Joseph Prize will be awarded to the Whitwell Middle School Holocaust and Paper Clip Project and accepted by Linda Hooper,Whitwell Middle School Principal at Ordination Ceremonies in New York on May 6. In 1998, assistant principal and football coach David Smith and principal Linda Hooper launched a voluntary after-school 8th grade course on the Holocaust to teach tolerance within their rural southeastern Tennessee town's middle school of 425 students. Inspired by the altruism of those courageous Norwegians who had expressed solidarity with their Jewish fellow citizens after the Nazi occupation by pinning ordinary paper clips to their lapels, the Whitwell School students embarked upon a project to collect one paper clip for each of the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah in order to demonstrate the magnitude of this genocide and the individuality of those who perished. Their project attracted international attention through articles and a book by German journalists researching the Holocaust, leading to an acclaimed documentary film and donations of eleven million paper clips from around the world. The students acquired a German railcar used to transport victims to the concentration camps during the Second World War to serve as a permanent Holocaust memorial and museum in their school yard - with each paper clip stored there a testament to the power of memory, education, and human understanding. 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 2007 President's Medal will be awarded to Harvey Horowitz at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on May 14. The President's Medal recognizes Mr. Horowitz's devotion and years of service to HUC-JIR's faculty and students as the Head Librarian of the Frances-Henry Library. This award has been given in the past to such distinguished Americans as Justice Arthur Goldberg and Dr. John L. Withers. The President's Medal is a national award presented to an individual whose dedication and commitment embodies College-Institute's mission and values. 

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

New York Graduation - May 3, 2007 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: 
    • Lynn Schusterman, Founder and President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, who will also present theGraduation Address.
    • Aaron Feuerstein, Founder, Chair, CEO, Malden Mills
    • Burton Lehman, Past Chair, Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
    • Dr. Judith Plaskow, Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College
    • Harold Tanner, Chair, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
  • Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: 
    • Rabbi Donna Barbara Berman, Executive Director, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT
    • Rabbi Miriam Biatch, Congregation B'nai Israel, Elmira, NY
    • Rabbi Richard Alan Block, The Temple-Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH
    • Rabbi Kenneth L. Brickman, Temple Beth-El, Jersey City, NJ
    • Rabbi Steven Chatinover, Educator, Rabbinic Advisor, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford West Hartford, CT
    • Rabbi Sally Finestone, Congregation Or Atid,Wayland, MA
    • Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Rabbi Deborah A. Hirsch, Director of Regions, Union for Reform Judaism, New York, NY
    • Rabbi Richard J. Jacobs, Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY
    • Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, Director of Pastoral Care, Jewish Geriatric Services, Longmeadow, MA
    • Rabbi Donald Morris Kunstadt, Spring Hill Avenue Temple, Mobile, AL
    • Rabbi Michal S. Mendelsohn, Congregation Beth Shalom, DeKalb, IL
    • Rabbi Jonathan Miller, Temple Emanu-El, Birmingham, AL
    • Rabbi John Moscowitz, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Rabbi Amy R. Perlin, Temple B'nai Shalom, Fairfax Station, VA
    • Rabbi Daniel Lee Pernickm, Beth Am Temple, Pearl River, NY
    • Rabbi Allan Cooperman Tuffs, Temple Beth El, Hollywood, FL
    • Rabbi Douglas D.Weber, Rutland Jewish Center, Rutland, VT
    • Rabbi JulieWolkoff, Director of Judaic Studies, Gann Academy-The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, Waltham, MA
    • Rabbi Deborah Ellen Zecher, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington, MA
  • Doctor of Music, honoris causa: 
    • Cantor Sheri E. Blum, Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT
    • Cantor Alan J. Brava, Director of Operations, Center for the Jewish Future, Yeshiva University, New York, NY
    • Cantor Emilie Coopersmith, Temple B'nai Abraham, Livingston, NJ
    • Cantor Mikhail Manevich, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC
    • Cantor Faith Steinsnyder, Faculty, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
    • Cantor Avery J. Tracht, United Netherlands-Portuguese Congregation Mikvé Israel-Emanuel, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
  • Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa: 
    • Dr. Nancy Gad-Harf, Director, New York Metropolitan Region of the American Technion Society, New York, NY
  • Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa: 
    • Molly Karp, Department Chair, High School Judaic Studies, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Hartsdale, NY
  • Rabbinical School 
    • 25 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 
    • 8 students will receive the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and 2 students will receive a Joint Master of Arts in Religious Education and Rabbinical degree.

New York Ordination - May 6, 2007 at 9 a.m. - held at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, One East 65th Street, New York, New York

  • Rabbinical School 
    • 25 rabbis (13 men and 12 women) will be ordained.
  • Cantorial School 
    • 10 cantors (5 men and 5 women) will be invested.

Los Angeles Graduation - May 14, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. - held at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles, California 

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

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 
    • Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Director, Institute for Jewish Studies Emory University, who will also present the Graduation Address.
    • Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University
    • Reverend Cecil L. Murray, Rel.D., Tanzy Chair of Christian Ethics, University of Southern California, Retired Minister, First African Methodist Episcopal Church
    • Harvey Horowitz, Librarian Emeritus, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, to receive the President's Medal.
  • Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: 
    • Rabbi Lenore Bohm, Chaplain, The Jewish Healing Center, San Diego, CA
    • Rabbi Richard Ettelson, Substance Abuse Treatment Coordinator, Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk, CA
    • Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    • Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn, Faculty, Jewish Studies Department, Milken Community High School, Los Angeles, CA
    • Rabbi Michael P. Sternfield, Chicago Sinai Congregation, Chicago, IL
    • Rabbi Arnold Seth Stiebel, Family and Pastoral Counselor, Meditation Matters of California, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa: 
    • Daniel H. Bass, Executive Director, Jewish Family Service of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA
    • David A. Bubis, Senior Project Manager, The Goldstein Group, Consultants in Fundraising and Jewish Communal Initiatives, Los Angeles, CA
    • Maxine Gayle Epstein, Director, Marin Region Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties, San Rafael, CA
    • Mark E. Friedman, Consultant, Mark E. Friedman Associates, Los Angeles, CA
    • Sheryl Lynn Goldman, Executive Director, Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, CA
    • Karen Mendelson Lebow, Clinical Social Worker, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
    • Adrienne Muscat Swedlove, Temple Administrator, Congregation Emanu El, San Bernardino, CA
    • Melvin Roth, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Family Service of Orange County, Irvine, CA
  • Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa: 
    • Marci Dickman, Head of School, Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, Northbrook, IL
    • Cheri Ellowitz, Director of Education, The Temple-Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH
    • Rabbi Emily Hope Feigenson, Chaplain, Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA
    • Karen Ann Sobel, Project Consultant, STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), St. Louis Park, MN
  • Rabbinical School: 
    • 16 students will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinical ordination.
  • The Rhea Hirsch School of Education: 
    • 10 students will receive the Masters of Arts in Jewish Education.
  • The School of Jewish Communal Service: 
    • 13 students will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service.
  • The Edgar R. Magnin School of Graduate Studies: 
    • 1 student will receive the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies.

Los Angeles Ordination - May 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. - held at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

  • Rabbinical School 
    • 16 rabbis (6 men, 10 women) will be ordained.

Cincinnati Graduation - June 3, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. - held at Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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

Dr. Judah Folkman, Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School Director, Vascular Biology Program, Children's Hospital Boston, will present the Graduation Address.

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa: 
    • Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet, Past President and Professor of Bible Emeritus, Leo Baeck College, London, England
    • Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service, Professor of Law and Ethics, The University of Chicago
    • Dr. Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Professor of English and Jewish Studies, Director of the Institute for Jewish Culture and the Arts, Indiana University
  • Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: 
    • Rabbi Jonathan F. Adland, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, IN
    • Rabbi James R. Bleiberg, Assistant Professor, Psychologist, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
    • Rabbi Stuart Alan Federow, Congregation Shaar Hashalom, Houston, TX
    • Rabbi Dena A. Feingold, Beth Hillel Temple, Kenosha,WI
    • Rabbi Peter K. Gluck, Congregation Beit Chaverim, Canton, MI
    • Rabbi David E. Ostrich, Congregation Brit Shalom, State College, PA
    • Rabbi Samuel R.Weinstein, The Temple, Congregation Shomer Emunim, lvania, OH
  • Graduate Medallions will be awarded to the following recipients for their years of teaching and scholarship: 
    • Dr. Reuben Ahroni, Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    • Dr. Rodney Eugene Cloud, Professor and Minister, Regions University, Montgomery, AL
    • Dr. Mary Ruth Graf, R.S.M., Retired Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
    • Dr. Ronald A. Veenker, Retired Professor of Religion, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
  • Rabbinical School: 
    • 30 students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters leading to rabbinical ordination.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies and Master of Arts recipients will be announced on April 30, 2007

Cincinnati Ordination - June 2, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. - held at Plum Street Temple, Eighth and Plum Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Rabbinical School 
    • 20 rabbis (10 men, 10 women) 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