HUC-JIR Announces 2016 Graduation and Ordination in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York

Monday, March 28, 2016

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) will bestow 125 degrees at Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York on the Class of 2016's cadre of new Jewish professional leaders for the Reform Movement. Distinguished communal and civic leaders and alumni will be awarded 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 leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism.

 

The College-Institute will award 124 degrees:

  • Ordain 26 rabbis (12 men and 14 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
  • Ordain 7 cantors (3 men and 4 women) at Ordination Services in New York;
  • Certify 6 cantors (1 man, 5 women) at Graduation in New York;
  • 1 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
  • 6 Doctor of Ministry degrees
  • 1 Doctor of Hebrew Letters
  • 16 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
  • 10 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
  • 7 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
  • 2 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Studies
  • 19 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
  • 8 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management;
  • 9 Master of Sacred Music degrees;
  • 6 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.

* To be awarded at Cincinnati Founders’ Day on March 30, 2016
(C) To be awarded at Cincinnati Graduation
(L) To be awarded at Los Angeles Graduation 
(N) To be awarded at New York Graduation

 

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa

Shelley Kovar Becker (N)
Barry Herman Dollinger Block (N)
Barry Diamond (L)
Matthew Jonathan Eisenberg*
Helaine Ettinger (N)
Matthew L. Friedman (L)
Mark Bryan Goldfarb (L)
Micah David Greenstein*
Suzanne B. Griffel*
Scott Alan Gurdin*
Lisa Carol Hochberg-Miller (L)
Geoffrey Malone Huntting (N)
Brett Rael Isserow*
Nancy Kasten (N)
Matthew Aaron Kraus*
Jill Allyn Kreitman (N)
Shira Li Lander (L)
Steven Michael Leapman*
Harry Michael Levin (N)
Serge Andrew Lippe (N)
Ellen Lippmann (N)
Deborah Pipe Mangan (N)
Steven Moskowitz (N)
Susan Heneson Moskowitz (N)
Michele Paskow (L)
Alan David Rabishaw (L)
Debra Judith Robbins (N)
Yael Romer (N)
Andrew Rothschild Sklarz (N)
Marla Joy Subeck Spanjer*
Wendy Sue Spears (L)
Daniel Alan Weiner (L)
Stephen Joel Weisman (N)
Zari M. Weiss (N)

 

Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Musichonoris causa

Mark Eric Childs (L)
Diane Jeanne Dorf (N)
Elizabeth Martha Goldmann (N)
Nancy Nolan Kassel (N)
Martin Daniel Levson (N)
Nitza Amit Shamah (N)
Deborah Ruth Staiman (N)
Josephine Elizabeth Margalith Wolff (N)

 

Schools of Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa

Karen Winkler Weiss, RJE*
Lauren Resnikoff, RJE (N)
Ira J. Wise, RJE (N)

 

Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa

Steven H. Berman (L)
Daniel Alberto Chejfec (L)
Jonathan B. Cohen (L)
Lori Lander Goodman (L) 
Lori Klein (L)
Lesley Bright Plachta (L)
Larry Scott Robins (N)
Alan Steven Ronkin (L)

 

Pines School of Graduate Studies Medallion

Mark Mangano, Ph.D. (C)

 

  

NEW YORK GRADUATION

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 2 Nisan 5776 | 1:30 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: 
Rabbi Judith HauptmanPh.D.Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Robert D. Putnam, Ph.D., Malkin Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Graduation Speaker 
Stephen M. Sacks, J.D.Immediate Past Chairman, Union for Reform Judaism 

The Certificate of Recognition was presented to:
Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D., Professor of History, HUC-JIR/New York
Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D., Dean, HUC-JIR/New York

The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling was presented to the following 6 students:
David Eli Adelson
Vicki Lynn Axe
Pollyanna Prosper Barnes
Rachael B. Littman
Michele Brand Medwin
Bethy Victorin

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

The Master of Arts in Religious Education – Executive M.A. Program was presented to the following 13 students:
Ilyse Glickman
Barrett Hayley Harr
Jessica Erin Locketz
Emily G. Messinger
Laura A. Naide
Shoshana Beth Nyer
Cathy Mansfield Rolland
Benjamin Ian Sandler
Barbara Jean Shimansky
Jo-Ellen Unger
Joan S. Wallis
Laura Marlene Wolfson
Daniel Philip Young

The Master of Arts in Religious Education – In-Residence Program was presented to the following 5 students:
Eric L. Abbott
Sarah Elizabeth Dafilou
Max Jared Einsohn
Allyson Resnik Jacobson
Tess Sara Levine

The following 6 students were certified as cantors:
Sarene Ann Appelbaum
Sheera Miller Ben-David
Rachel Gottlieb Kalmowitz
Neil Spencer Michaels
Rachel Ellen Reef-Simpson
Lori Belkin Shapiro

The Master of Sacred Music was presented to the following 9 students:
Lucy Blake Batterman
Elaya Blaine Jenkins-Adelberg
Sara Jennifer Kheel
Richard J. Newman
Jennifer Neale Rueben
Lindsay D. Kanter
Jordan A. Shaner
Lilah Evonne Sugarman
Shanna Leigh Zell
 
The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature was presented to the following 10 students:
Sarah Danielle Depaolo
Jason Eli Fenster
Joshua Ron Solomon Fixler
Charles Warren Foster
Scott D. Gellman
Rachel Lynn Heaps
Gidon Benyamin Isaacs
Emily Rose Langowitz
Daniel Martin Moss
Lisa Anne Vinikoor
 
Our gratitude to Eastern Region Board of Overseers members Morris L. Kramer, Genevieve G. Wyner, and Justin L. Wyner for generously sponsoring the reception to be held in Blumenthal Hall immediately following Graduation

 

NEW YORK ORDINATION

Sunday, May 8, 2016 | 30 Nisan 5776 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York

Ordination Speaker:
Abigail Pogrebin, Author, Journalist

The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to:
Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBEz"l, British Humanitarian Rescuer during the Holocaust
Award accepted by Nick Winton, Jr.

The following 7 students were ordained as cantors:
Laura Paige Breznick
Nancy Beth Hoffman Dubin
Kenneth Jay Feibush
Emma Rose Goldin Lutz
Lauren Beth Levy
David Richard Malecki
Jay Isaac O'Brien

The following 12 students were ordained as rabbis:
Nicole Armenta Auerbach
Andi Lynn Fliegel
Adam William Cohen Lutz
Sarah Rose Marion
Elle Alexzandra Muhlbaum
Daniel Harrison Reiser
Benjamin Eliot Ross
Toba Leah Schaller
Samantha Ashley Shabman
Rachel Lauren Schmelkin
Stefan Tiwy
Andrew David Trief

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

 

LOS ANGELES ORDINATION

Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 7 Iyar 5776 | 10 am
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills | 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA

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

The following 8 students were ordained as rabbis:
Ashley Diane Berns-Chafetz
Megan Samantha Brudney
Dusty Rose Klass
Jay Asher LeVine
Michael Adam Shefrin
Daniel Lee Utley
Miriam Shira Farber Wajnberg
Zachary Ira Zysman

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

  

LOS ANGELES GRADUATION

Monday, May 16, 2016 | 8 Iyar 5776 | 4 pm
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills | 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Rabbi Marc Lee Raphael, Ph.D., Nathan and Sophia Gumenick Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies, College of William & Mary  

The Certificate of Recognition was presented to:
Michael Zeldin, Ph.D, Senior National Director, Schools of Education and Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and DeLeT, HUC-JIR; Graduation Speaker - Read his address >

The Sherut La'Am Award was presented to:
Buff Brazy Given, Activist, Philanthropist, Author

The Doctor of Hebrew Letters was presented to the following student:
Miriam Sara Feigelson

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was presented to the following 7 students:
Daniel Hayim Cohen
Erin Kay Goldstrom
Rebecca Rose Grumet
Sarah Batya Joselow
Rachel Elana Schonwetter
Jillian Layne Levin Weyman
Benjamin Rice Zeiger 

The Master of Arts in Jewish Education was presented to the following 7 students:
Benjamin Aaron Fried
Lillian Sarah Kowalski
Lori Fran Levine
Ashley Rose Marx
Abigail Mollie Phelps
Jeffrey Mark Stombaugh
Benjamin Rice Zeiger

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 8 students:
Daniel Louis Brenner
Julie Lauren Bressler
Max Jeffrey Chaiken
Benjamin Caplan Gurin
Elana Rose Nemitoff
Eric D. Rosenstein
Laura J. Rumpf
Daniel H. Sher

 

CINCINNATI ORDINATION

Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 13 Iyar 5776 | 9 am
Plum Street Temple | 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati

Ordination Speaker:
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin, 
Associate Rabbi, Central Synagogue, New York City - Read her address >

The following 6 students were ordained as rabbis:
Michael Elliott Danziger
Marc Eric Ekstrand
Rebecca Ratner Kamil
Brian T. Nelson
Tina Marie Sobo
Jessica Blair Wainer 

 

CINCINNATI GRADUATION

Sunday, May 22, 2016 | 14 Iyar 5776 | 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:
Father Michael Graham, S.J., Ph.D., President, Xavier University; Graduation Speaker - Read his address >

The Doctor of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following student:
Michael Andrei Cernucan

The Master of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following 6 students:
Matthew Alan Boersma
Tamar Duvdevani
Kevin (Kyungji) Ha
Andrew Higgenbotham
Guy L. Ridge IV
Jared W. Saltz

The Master of Arts in Religious Education was presented to the following student:
Rachel Ann Gross-Prinz

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 8 students:
Allison Brooke Cohen
Lindsey Rebekah Danziger
Leslee C. Estrada-Lisnek
Noah S. Ferro
Max Reuben Miller
Rachael Klein Miller
Samuel Robert Pollak
Simon Lewis Stratford

The Master Arts in Jewish Studies was presented to the following 2 students:
Caleb Allen Gilmore
R. Jesse Pruett


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