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HUC-JIR Graduation Honors Jewish Leaders, Alumni and Graduating Class of 2008 on the Los Angeles Campus

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Thursday, May 1, 2008


(Daniel Sokatch, HUC-JIR/LA Graduation Speaker, with Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR) 
(Doctor of Humane Letters recipient Christoph von Dohnanyi with HUC-JIR faculty) 

(Doctor of Humane Letters recipient Professor Jacqueline Powers Doud with HUC-JIR faculty)

Nearly 300 communal leaders, relatives, and friends gathered at the Los Angeles Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for the Graduation Ceremonies of the 133rd academic year. 

The convocation honored the activism, scholarship, and visionary leadership of noted Jewish leader Daniel Sokatch, who presented the Graduation Address. The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was awarded to Christoph von Dohnanyi, Principal Conductor, Philharmonia Orchestra, London, Professor Jacqueline Powers Doud, President, Mount St. Mary's College. 

Carmen H. Warschaw, philanthropist, received the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award. Phyllis Cook, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties and Rabbi Susan Laemmle, Dean of Religious Life and Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Southern California, received the Presidents' Medals. 

HUC-JIR alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service. 

(Doctor of Divinity recipient, Rabbi David M. Frank, with HUC-JIR faculty) 

(Doctor of Divinity recipient, Rabbi Aaron Mark Petuchowski, with HUC-JIR faculty) 

(The Doctor of Music recipient, Cantor Morris Chotin) 

(Doctor of Jewish Communal Service recipients Anne Levine Brener; Dr. Pini Herman; Andrew W. Rose; Sandra M. Rubenstein) 

(Doctor of Jewish Religious Education recipients Nili H. Kosmal and Rabbi Stanley T. Schickler, RJE) 

(American Jewish Distinguished Service Award recipient Carmen H. Warschaw) 

(President's Medal recipient Rabbi Susan Laemmle) 

(President's Medal recipient Phyllis Cook) 

(Master of Arts in Jewish Education, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR administration) 

Master of Arts in Jewish Education, Class of 2008:
Olga Frankstein Bluman, Eliana Michelle Hall, Noam Shalom Katz, Jordan Elizabeth Magidson, Ari Nathan Margolis, Eric Ellis Mason, Sara Michal Mason, Daniel Bloom Medwin, Lydia Bloom Medwin, Lev Chaim Metz, Rena Yael Polonsky, Micol Eliana Zimmerman 

(Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR administration) 

Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, Class of 2008:
Rachel Ellen Ackerman, Anne Levine Brener, Daniel Burkeman, Jordana Felic Chernow-Reader, Rochelle Joy Kamins, Daniel Bloom Medwin, Lydia Bloom Medwin, Joshua Marc Samuels, Jordana Ariel Schuster, Jacob Matthew Singer-Beilin, Rebekah Pechman Stern, Miriam Pauline Terlinchamp, Julia Atlas Weisz 

(Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service, Class of 2008, with HUC-JIR administration) 

Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service, Class of 2008:
Alicia Cohen, Brian David Garfield, Lev Chaim Metz, Lori Michelle Noto, Dana Elizabeth Plyler, Devi Reznik, Robyn Leah Schneider, Deborah M. Tehrani, Bahar Yaghoubian

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.