HUC-JIR Graduation Honors Jewish Leaders, Alumni, and Graduating Class of 2008 at Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati

Monday, June 2, 2008

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion students, faculty, alumni, and Cincinnati communal leaders gathered at the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati June 1, 2008, for the HUC-JIR Graduation Ceremonies of the 133rd academic year, where Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., presented earned and honorary degrees. 

Dr. Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, and delivered the Graduation Address.Professor Natalie Zemon Davis, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita, Princeton University and Adjunct Professor of History, Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Toronto; and Martin Peretz, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, The New Republic, were also awarded the prestigious Doctor of Humane Letters. 

Rabbinical alumni were awarded Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, degrees, 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. 

HUC-JIR students studying to become rabbis received Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. Students in the School of Graduate Studies received Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies degrees. 


(Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, with Doctor of Humane Letters Recipient and Graduation Speaker Dr. Harvey Cox) 


(Rabbi Ellenson with Doctor of Humane Letters Recipient Professor Natalie Zemon Davis) 


(Rabbi Ellenson with Doctor of Humane Letters Recipient Martin Peretz) 


(The Doctor of Divinity recipients with HUC-JIR faculty)

2008 Doctor of Divinity Recipients:
Rabbi Steven H. Adams
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel
Rabbi John T. Feldman
Rabbi James A. Gibson
Rabbi Bruce Gottlieb
Rabbi Clifford M. Kulwin
Rabbi Steven J. Lebow
Rabbi Ilene Melamed
Rabbi Franklin W. Muller
Rabbi Victor Rashkovsky
Rabbi Gila C. Ruskin
Rabbi Joshua L. Segal
Rabbi Susan Berman Stone
Rabbi David E. Straus 


(Rabbi Ellenson, Founders' Medallion recipient Dr. William C. Gwaltney, Jr., and HUC-JIR Professor Lowell McCoy) 


(Rabbi Ellenson, Founders' Medallion recipient Dr. John H. Walton, and Dr. Samuel Greengus) 


(Rabbi Ellenson with Doctor of Philosophy Recipients)

2008 Doctor of Philosophy Recipients:
Daniel Richard Gould
Kyle Ruel Greenwood
Christopher Richard Jero
Angela Rae Roskop
Sungduk Yun 


(Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies recipients with HUC-JIR faculty)

2008 Master of Philosophy Recipients:
Brian Anthony Bompiani
Vadim Putzu
Andrew James Riley
Grant Eldred Testut (in absentia)
Rabbi Kari Hofmaister Tuling 


(Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters recipients with HUC-JIR faculty)

2008 Master of Arts Recipients in Hebrew Letters:
Katie M. Bauman
Noah Abraham Chertkoff
Lisa Jill Delson
David Dressler
Debra Stahlberg Dressler
Noah Louis Fabricant
Jennifer Lauren Frenkel
Amy Beth Hertz
Marshal Irving Klaven
Anna Levin (in absentia)
Emily Ilana Losben
Amy Trager Rossel
Elizabeth Sigrid Wood


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