HUC-JIR Holds Ordination and Investiture Services at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York on May 4, 2008

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Eighteen Rabbis Ordained (of 55 Rabbinical Graduates of Class of 2008) and Six Cantors Invested at Convocation Marking 133rd Academic Year 

(HUC-JIR/NY Rabbinical Class of 2008) 


(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.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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.