HUC-JIR Announces 2014 Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) bestowed 129 degrees at Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York on the Class of 2014's cadre of new Jewish professional leaders for the Reform Movement.  Distinguished communal and civic leaders and alumni were awarded with honorary degrees and prizes in recognition of their service to Reform congregations and North American Jewry, and in honor of their humanitarian work.

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, HUC-JIR President, stated, "We congratulate the new rabbis, cantors, leaders in Jewish education, nonprofit management professionals, scholars, and pastoral ministry graduates of our Class of 2014.  They are ready to apply their deep knowledge and honed leadership skills to serve congregations, communities, organizations, academic institutions, and agencies throughout North America, Israel, and around the globe. We take pride in their commitment and achievements and wish them much fulfillment and success as they bring inspiration and hope to the Jewish people and all humankind."

HUC-JIR is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism.

The College-Institute awarded 129 earned degrees:

  • Ordain 35 rabbis (21 men and 14 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
  • Ordain 4 cantors (2 men and 2 women) at Ordination Services in New York;
  • 2 Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
  • 5 Doctor of Ministry degrees
  • 17 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
  • 14 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
  • 10 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
  • 10 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
  • 12 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education from the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education
  • 6 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management;
  • 6 Master of Sacred Music degrees;
  • 6 Master of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
  • 2 Master of Arts degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies.

All degrees granted upon completion of all requirements.

 

HUC-JIR alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service, as well as the Graduate Medallion, in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service:

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Leonardo Alanati*
Morris W. Barzilai
Marcelo R. Bronstein
Rachel Cowan
Art Donsky
L. David Feder*
Michael L. Feshbach
David Fine*
Stuart Gershon
Sim Glaser
Edwin Goldberg*
Ammiel Hirsch
Glenn M. Jacob*
Michael Joseph
Jeffrey Barnet Kamins
Jonathan E. Kraus
Scott Looper*
Shoshana M. Perry
Gayle Pomerantz
Richard S. Rheins*
Peter B. Schaktman
Beth J. Singer*
Jonathan L. Singer*
Sharon L. Sobel
David E. Stern
Eric J. Weiss
Michael Andrew White
Gregory A. Wolfe
*Awarded at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Founders’ Day on March 26, 2014

Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Miranda Kark Beckenstein
Susan Berkson
Joyce Gerber
Donna Goldstein
Patricia Ernest Hickman
Lisa Lipco Levine
Paul M. Offenkrantz
Betsey Peters-Epstein
Carla J. Boscoe Reynolds
Pamela Siskin
 
Jewish Nonprofit Management Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa
Susan K. Alexman
Daniel S. Blain
Sheri Diamond Ginis
Deborah Schloss
Andrea Zoll Stein, z’’l

School of Graduate Studies Medallion
Bernard A. Taylor, Ph.D.

 

CINCINNATI ORDINATION

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 3 Iyar 5774 | 9 am
Plum Street Temple | 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati
 
Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, Ordination Speaker

The following 8 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Rachel Kay Bearman
Carolan Clark Glatstein
Joshua David Herman
Marc Frederick Kasten
Monica Simone Meyer
Eric Daniel Lieber Mollo
Jordan Michael Ottenstein
Matthew J. Zerwekh

 

CINCINNATI GRADUATION

Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 4 Iyar 5774 | 2 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion | S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel | 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
John Kander, Composer, Musical Theater and Film
Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor Emeritus of Jewish History, HUC-JIR
Reverend Otis Moss, Jr., Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Cleveland; Civil Rights Activist, Graduation Speaker
 
The Doctor of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following 2 students:
John Michael Thigpen
Peter Herbert Dongell

The Master of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following 6 students:
John C. Johnson
Eva Mwanika Nthoki
Kathy A. Noftsinger
Phillip Marcus Bollinger
Cody Michael Eklov
Adam Moshe Rosenthal
 
The Master of Arts in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following 2 students:
Bailey Jean Romano
Pratima Gopalakrishnan

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 7 students:
Dana Andreana Benson
Leah Alexandra Citrin
Nathan George Farb
Michael E. Harvey
Rachael E. Jackson
Frederick Alan Kamil
Elle Alexzandra Muhlbaum

 

NEW YORK GRADUATION

Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 8 Iyar 5774 | 4 pm
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | 10 East 66th Street, New York

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Ruth J. Abram, Founder, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education and Jewish Religious Thought, HUC-JIR
Dr. Michael L. Chernick, Professor Emeritus, Deutsch Family Chair in Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice, HUC-JIR
Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Midrash, HUC-JIR
Dr. Uri Herscher, President and Founder, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Moshe Safdie, Internationally Renowned Architect

The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize was presented to:
Dr. David M. Posner, Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York

The Sherut La’Am Award was presented to:
Elizabeth B. and Arthur Roswell, Philanthropists

The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award was presented to:
Rabbi Joy D. Levitt, Executive Director, Jewish Community Center of Manhattan, Graduation Speaker

The Doctor of Ministry was presented to the following 5 students:
Nadine Sarah Blum
Rafael Goldstein
Richard L. Koral
Katrina Tornette Marsh
Livinus Chuks Obianisi

The Master of Arts in Religious Education was presented to the following 10 students:
Arielle Rachel Branitsky
Yael K. Dadoun
Andi Lynn Feldman
Sarah Rose Marion
Steven Yehudah Morris
Brian T. Nelson
Jay A. Rapoport
Barry Harold Shainker
Christina M. Sobo
Toba Leah Strauss

The Master of Arts in Religious Education from the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education was presented to the following 12 students:
Randee Erin Bishoff
Lisa Beth Campbell-Frankel
Jeanna E. Gailar-Francis
Jennifer Rose Dufault James
Deborah Kardon-Schwartz
Alice Elizabeth Levin
Linda Silverman Levine
Miri Levine
Valeria C. Michanie
Susan Deborah Friedburg Morrel
Leslie R. Scheck
Michelle Ruby Schwartz

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was presented to the following student:
Arielle Rachel Branitsky

The Master of Sacred Music was presented to the following 6 students:
Benjamin Samuel Ellerin
Susan Lewis Friedman
Rayna Dushman Green
Sara Alexis Hass
Amanda Gail Kleinman
David Richard Malecki

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature was presented to the following 14 students:
Ryan Eric Daniels
Andrew Ross Dubin
Daniel B. Fliegel
Alexandra Rachel Klein
Susan Amy Landau
Samantha M. Natov
April Andrea Peters
Alexis Ann Pinsky
Elizabeth M. Piper-Goldberg
Yael Rooks Rapport
Elana Tamar Rosen-Brown
Carlie Nicole Weisbrod
Jeremy Ross Weisblatt
Greg D. Weitzman
 
Our gratitude to Morris L. Kramer for generously sponsoring the reception immediately following the Graduation Ceremony

 

NEW YORK ORDINATION

Sunday, May 11, 2014 | 11 Iyar 5774 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York

Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, President, The Wexner Foundation, Ordination Speaker. Read Rabbi Abrahamson's address >

The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to:
COPE-Camp Erin® NYC, Accepted by Lilly Julien, COPE President and Founder. Read Lilly Julien's address >

The following 4 students were ordained as Cantors:
Joshua Gavin Finkel
Rachel Harrison Rhodes
Alison Marya Lopatin
David Katz Mintz
 
The following 14 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Joshua I. Beraha
Brandon Ian Bernstein
Adena Erin Blum
Andrew Ross Dubin
Daniel Natan Kessler Geffen
Jodie Melissa Gordon
Daniel Aaron Crane Kirzane
Kelly Lynn Levy
Elizabeth Dorothy Miller
Ethan Robert Bloch Prosnit
Elana Tamar Rosen-Brown
Allison Helen Tick
Jeremy Ross Weisblatt
Jonah Benjamin Zinn

 

LOS ANGELES ORDINATION

Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 18 Iyar 5774 | 10 am
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills | 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills

The Certificate of Recognition was presented to:
Rabbi Richard Levy, Rabbi of the HUC-JIR Synagogue and Director of Spiritual Growth, Ordination Speaker. Read and watch Rabbi Levy's address >

The following 13 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Lisa Ilene Berney
Keara Rachelle Stein
Micah Samuel Ellenson
Jaclyn Fromer Cohen
Joshua David Knobel
Yonatan Benjamin Regev
Jason David Rodich
Jonathan Bradley Rothstein-Fisch
Jeremy Joseph Ryszard Simons
Deana Rae Sussman
Andrew Harvey Terkel
Adam Michael Wright
Ahuva Leigh Zaches

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Dorothy Corwin Ordination Endowment Fund
 

LOS ANGELES GRADUATION

Monday, May 19, 2014 | 19 Iyar 5774 | 4 pm
University Synagogue | 11960 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
 
The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Professor Emeritus of Jewish Communal Service, HUC-JIR
 
The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award was presented to:
Laura Lauder, Philanthropist; Founder, DeLeT – Day School Leadership through Teaching; Graduation Speaker

The Sherut La’Am Award was presented to:
Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Co-Founder, Jewish World Watch

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was presented to the following 5 students:
Rachel Ilysa Barton
Sharon Graetz
Rebecca Danielle Ross
Daniel Aron Tarle
Michelle Ellen Cohen Westmiller
 
The Master of Arts in Jewish Education was presented to the following 10 students:
Daniel Kelman Alter
Rachel E. Antonoff
Ashley Diane Berns
Sharon Graetz
Dusty Rose Klass
Jay Asher LeVine
Rebecca Danielle Ross
Daniel Lee Utley
Miriam Shira Farber Wajnberg
Zachary Ira Zysman

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 10 students:
Courtney Leigh Miller Berman
Megan Samantha Brudney
Jeremy Gimbel
Abram Ezra Goodstein
Lenette J. Herzog
Stacy Lynn Petersohn
Aaron Kyle Sataloff
Michael Adam Shefrin
Raina Lauren Siroty
Todd William Zinn


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 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