HUC-JIR Announces 2015 Graduation and Ordination in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) will bestow 127 degrees at Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York on the Class of 2015's cadre of new Jewish professional leaders for the Reform Movement.  Distinguished communal and civic leaders and alumni will be 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.

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 will award 127 earned degrees:

  • Ordain 32 rabbis (13 men and 19 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
  • Ordain 6 cantors (1 man and 5 women) at Ordination Services in New York;
  • 4 Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
  • 4 Doctor of Ministry degrees
  • 17 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
  • 10 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
  • 12 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
  • 1 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Studies
  • 21 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
  • 8 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management;
  • 8 Master of Sacred Music degrees;
  • 4 Master of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies.

All degrees granted upon completion of all requirements.

 

HONORING OUR ALUMNI

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

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson
Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen, RJE
Rabbi Paul Frederick Cohen*
Rabbi Matthew S. Cutler
Rabbi David F. Edleson
Rabbi Edward G. Elkin
Rabbi Nancy Flam
Rabbi Carla Freedman*
Rabbi Susan Freeman
Rabbi Mark Glickman*
Rabbi Sidney Michael Helbraun*
Rabbi Nancy Kasten
Rabbi Sandford R. Kopnick*
Rabbi David A. Lyon*
Rabbi Gary A. Mazo*
Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, Ph.D.*
Rabbi Eric M. Polokoff
Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein
Rabbi Douglas Sagal
Rabbi Amy M. Schwartzman
Michal Shekel
Rabbi Ron Stern
Rabbi Daniel Swartz*
Rabbi Betsy Torop*
Rabbi Michael Torop*
Rabbi Nancy Esther Wechsler-Azen
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Rabbi David Sheldon Woznica

*Awarded at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Founders’ Day on March 25, 2015

Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Cantor Stuart Binder
Cantor Janece Erman Cohen
Cantor Karen Webber Gilat
Cantor Naomi Hirsch
Cantor Sandra Sherry-Pilatsky
Cantor Gershon Silins
Cantor Pamela Kordan Trimble

Jewish Religious Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Dina L. Backer, RJE
Mindy B. Davids, RJE
Harriet M. Levine, RJE
Holly A. Michelson, RJE
Rabbi Paul Sidlofsky, RJE

Jewish Nonprofit Management Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa
Lori Marx-Rubiner

School of Graduate Studies Medallion
John C. Reeves, Ph.D.

 

NEW YORK GRADUATION

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 11 Iyar 5775 | 4 pm
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | 10 East 66th Street, New York

The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize was presented to:
Menachem RosensaftFounding Chairman, International Network of Children of Jewish Survivors; Senior Vice President, American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to: 
Adele BerlinPh.D.Robert H. Smith Professor of Biblical Studies Emerita, University of Maryland
Irwin EngelmanImmediate Past Chairman, Board of Governors, HUC-JIR
Jonathan D. SarnaPh.D.Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor and Director, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University, and Graduation Speaker - Read his address >

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to:
Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min., Dr. Paul and Trudy Steinberg Chair in Human Relations and Founding Director, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, HUC-JIR

The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling was presented to the following 4 students:
Leah Cohen
Audrey Beth Halpern
Galina Makaveyev
Benjamin U. Uzuegbunam

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

The Master of Arts in Religious Education - In-Residence Program was presented to the following 6 students:
Noah S. Ferro
Mariel Guarrera
Anat Katzir
Sarah Rachel Magida
Lindsey Rebekah Rothschild
Arielle Tepper
 
The Master of Arts in Religious Education - Executive M.A. Program was presented to the following 15 students:
Anne Sara Berman-Waldorf
Kimberly Lewis Bodemer
Stacey Ann Frank
Gail Lynn Greenberg
Anna Hartman
Nicole Anise Jahr
Lisa Pleskow Kassow
Jennifer Lisa Katz
Oren Noam Persing
Hadas Rave
Louise Ann Riddell-Kaufman
Zachary Martin Rolf
Phyllis Anna Sommer
Lynn Ann Tallan
Vicki L. Weber
 

The Master of Sacred Music was presented to the following 8 students:
Laura Paige Breznick
Nancy Beth Hoffman Dubin
Kenneth Jay Feibush
Emma Rose Goldin
Vladimir Lapin
Lauren Beth Levy
Jay O'Brien
Inbal Sharett-Singer

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature was presented to the following 10 students:
Nicole Auerbach
Adam William Cohen Lutz
Sarah R. Marion
Daniel Harrison Reiser
Benjamin Ross
Samantha Ashley Shabman
Rachel L. Silverstein
Toba Leah Schaller
Stefan Tiwy
Andrew Trief

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters will be presented to the following student:
Andi L. Feldman

Our gratitude to Morris L. Kramer for generously sponsoring the reception immediately following the Graduation Ceremony

 

NEW YORK ORDINATION

Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 14 Iyar 5775 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York

Ordination Speakers:
Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller,
 Professor of Cantorial Arts, HUC-JIR, and Rabbi Lester Bronstein, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue of White Plains - Read their Address >

The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to:
Rear Admiral R. Timothy ZiemerPresident’s Malaria Initiative Coordinator 

The following 6 students were ordained as Cantors:
Benjamyn Samuel Ellerin
Susan Lewis Friedman
Rayna Dushman Green
Sara Alexis Hass
Amanda Gail Kleinman
Inbal Sharett-Singer

The following 11 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Ryan Eric Daniels
Daniel Beren Fliegel
Elizabeth P.G. Hirsch
Alexandra Rachel Klein
Susan Amy Landau
Samantha Michelle Natov
April Andrea Peters
Alexis Ann Pinsky
Yael Rooks Rapport
Carlie Nicole Weisbrod Daniels
Greg D. Weitzman 

Our thanks to the Joseph Prize Endowment and the Joseph Family for their support of Ordination in New York 

 

LOS ANGELES ORDINATION

Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 28 Iyar 5775 | 10 am
Temple Israel of Hollywood | 7300 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Ordination Speaker:
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D.President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

The following 12 students will be ordained as Rabbis:
Courtney Leigh Miller Berman
Allison Dorie Fischman
Amanda Beth Greene
Rachel Kaplan Marks
Molly Beth Plotnik
Lara Leigh Pullan Regev
Jason Samuel Rosner
Gavi S. Ruit
Todd Harris Silverman
Samuel Louis Spector
Beni Wajnberg
Bess Bridget Wohlner

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

 

LOS ANGELES GRADUATION

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 29 Iyar 5775 | 7 pm
Temple Israel of Hollywood | 7300 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, will be presented to:
The Honourable Rosalie Silberman AbellaJustice, Supreme Court of Canada 

The Certificate of Recognition will be presented to:
Richard SiegelGraduation Speaker; Director, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management will presented to the following 7 students:
Alexandra Faye Biener
Ted Dreier
Michele Goldfarb-Shapiro
Natalie Paige Horwitz
Emily St. Lifer
Jeremy Micah Ragent
Mariela N. Socolovsky 

The Master of Arts in Jewish Education will be presented to the following 12 students:
Matti Emily Barzilai
Nicole Frances Berne
Jessica Ilana Bram
Ted Dreier
Ariel Lev Feinstein
Jeremy Gimbel
Abram Ezra Goodstein
Natalie Paige Horwitz
Lenette J. Herzog
Rachel Glen Wexler Mylan
Stacy Lynn Petersohn
Todd William Zinn

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters will be presented to the following 8 students:
Emily Beth Hyatt Cohen
Michael Geoffrey Cohen
Benjamin Fried
Sarah Batya Joselow
Alexander M. Kress
Lori Fran Levine
Abigail Mollie Phelps
Jeffrey Mark Stombaugh 

 

CINCINNATI ORDINATION

Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 12 Sivan 5775 | 9 am
Plum Street Temple | 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati

Ordination Speaker:
Rabbi David Saperstein, J.D., U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom  

The following 9 students will be ordained as Rabbis:
Aryeh E. Ballaban
Dana Andreana Benson
Leah Alexandra Citrin
Nathan George Farb
Michael E. Harvey
Rachael Elyssa Jackson
Frederick Alan Kamil
Ariel Gilad Naveh
Marina Alayna Tecktiel Yergin

 

CINCINNATI GRADUATION

Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 13 Sivan 5775 | 2 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion | S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel | 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati

Graduation Speaker:
Joan PinesChair, Central Region Board of Overseers; Member, Board of Governors

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, will be presented to:
Richard Goodwin, Author, Playwright, and Political Advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson

The Doctor of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies will be presented to the following 4 students:
Jeffrey R. Duerler
Carl Elliot Pace
Christine Elizabeth Palmer
Vadim Putzu

The Master of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies
 will be presented to the following 4 students:
Thomas Will Dilbeck
Kyungji (Kevin) Ha
Jordan Wesley Jones
Michael Charles Lyons 


The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies
 will be presented to the following student:
Brian James Sullivan

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters will be presented to the following 8 students:
Pauline Joanne Berg
Michael Elliott Danziger
Marc Eric Ekstrand
Rebecca Ratner Kamil
Brian T. Nelson
Tina M. Sobo
Jessica Blair Wainer
Marina Alayna Tecktiel Yergin


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. www.huc.edu