HUC-JIR Graduation Honors Jewish Leaders, Alumni and Graduating Class of 2008 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York

Thursday, May 1, 2008


The 2008 Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Recipients with
HUC-JIR Administration
(From Left to Right, HUC-JIR Chancellor Emeritus Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, Ph.D.; Provost Rabbi
Norman Cohen, Ph.D.; Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean of HUC-JIR/NY; Board of Governors Chair Barbara
Friedman; honorees Robert Heller, Sigmund Balka, Anita Diamant, and Dr. Nechama Tec; and Rabbi
David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the College-Institute)
 

Nearly 1,000 communal leaders, relatives, and friends gathered at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York on April 30th for Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Graduation Ceremonies of the 133rd academic year. 

The convocation honored the activism, scholarship, and visionary leadership of noted author Anita Diamant, who presented the Graduation Address; civic activistSigmund R. Balka; Robert M. Heller, past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism; and Dr. Nechama Tec, sociologist and Holocaust scholar, each of whom was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters,honoris causa

Rabbinical, cantorial, education, and Jewish communal service alumni were awarded honorary doctorates in recognition of their 25 years of service to the Jewish people and the larger community. Alumni of the School of Graduate Studies were presented with the Founders' Medallion in honor of their contributions to scholarship. 

Doctor of Ministry degrees were bestowed upon ordained clergy of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Students were awarded the Master of Arts in Religious Education, Master of Sacred Music, and Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature. 

The convocation featured a memorial tribute to Rabbi Carole F. Meyers, z"l, a beloved member of her rabbinical graduating Class of 1983. 

 


The Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR Administration 

 
The Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, Class of 2008:

Rabbis Sandy Bogin, Donald Cashman, Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Irwin Fishbein, Seth Gluck, Elyse Goldstein, Eric Gurvis, Howard Jaffe, Jan Katzew, Ronald Mass, Laurence Milder, Randi Musnitsky, Arthur Rutberg, Shira Stern, David Weis, and Marjorie Yudkin. 

 


The Doctor of Music, honoris causa, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR Administration 

 
The Doctor of Music, honoris causa, Class of 2008:

Cantors Vicki Axe, Roy Einhorn, Robert Gerber, Jan Mahler, Martha Novick, Jodi Sufrin, and Ellen Sussman. 

 


The Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa, 2008
Michael Ostroff 

 

The Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa, 2008:
Rabbi Dr. Michael J. Shire, with Dr. Jonathan Krasner and Dr. David Ellenson

  



Founders' Medallions Recipients, 2008:

Rev. Dr. John S. Luttrell with Dr. Joel Hoffman and Dr. David Ellenson
 
 

 
Founders' Medallions Recipients, 2008:
Dr. David Altshuler with Dr. Alfred Gottschalk and Dr. David Ellenson 

Founders' Medallions Recipients, 2008:
Dr. David Altshuler
Rev. Dr. John S. Luttrell 

 


Doctor of Ministry, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR Administration 
 

Doctor of Ministry, Class of 2008:
Rev. Chukwunyere Aririatu, Sister Donna E. Conroy, Rev. Elizabeth Sapp Jones, Rabbi Sandra Katz, Rabbi Darren Levine, Rev. Ambrose Madu, Rev. Sulton Stack, Jr. 

 


Master of Arts in Religious Education, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR Administration
  

Master of Arts in Religious Education, Class of 2008:
Leah Berkowitz, Jillian Cameron, Melissa De Lowe, Nathaniel Fink, Rachel Greengrass, Nicole Greninger, Rachel Pawelak Kort, Sara Manor, Michael Shields, Melissa Simon, Yale Shmilovitz, Melissa Zalkin Stollman, Chen Ben Or Tsfoni, and Liudmila Yakhnina 

 


Master of Sacred Music, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR Administration
  

Master of Sacred Music, Class of 2008:
Lisa Arbisser, Rachel Berney, Shira Ginsburg, Rebecca Goren, Zoe Jacobs, Marcy Kadin, Aaron Kaplan, Sharon Kunitz, Arik Luck, Rebecca Moses, Katie Oringel, Jennifer Strauss-Klein 

 


Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR Administration
  

Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, Class of 2008:
Judith Bacharach, Stephanie Laskin Bernstein, Carolyn Bricklin, Rebecca Solielle Epstein, Jill Cozen Harel, Jordana Gerson, Erin Glazer, Joanne Hirschmann, Beth Kalisch, Kevin Kleinman, Rachel Larkin, Adam Rosenwasser, Jaimee Shalhevet, Michael Shields, Yale Shmilovitz, and Daniel Sklar


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