Eighteen Rabbis Ordained (of 55 Rabbinical Graduates of Class of 2008) and Six Cantors Invested at Convocation Marking 133rd Academic Year
(HUC-JIR/NY Cantorial Class of 2008)
(Rabbis, Cantors, and HUC-JIR Administration at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York)
The rabbinical and cantorial graduates of the New York School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained and invested, respectively, at Ordination and Investiture Services at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York on May 4, 2008.
Six cantors were invested, and fifty-five rabbinical students will have been ordained this year at HUC-JIR's Ordination ceremonies: 18 in New York, 18 in Los Angeles (May 18), and 19 in Cincinnati (May 31).
Rabbi David Ellenson delivered the Ordination Address and presented the 2008 Roger E. Joseph Prize to Father Patrick Desbois, Advisor to the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, and President of Yahad-in-Unum: Catholics and Jewish Together, for devoting his life to confronting anti-Semitism, furthering Catholic-Jewish relations, and preserving Holocaust memory.
The newly invested cantors will be joining Temple Rodeph Torah of Western Monmouth, NJ; Temple Emanu-el of Oak Park, MI; North Country Reform Temple of Glen Cove, NY; Congregation Sinai of Milwaukee, WI; Community Synagogue of Rye, NY; and Har Sinai Hebrew Congregation of Pennington, NJ.
HUC-JIR's newly ordained rabbis will be joining over 50 congregations throughout the United States and Canada, and a congregation in Auckland, New Zealand.