Recording of 2017 New York Graduation and Ordination

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), North America’s premier institution of Jewish higher education and the center for professional leadership development of Reform Judaism, invites you to watch the recordings of our New York Graduation and Ordination ceremonies. 

New York Graduation:

New York Graduation took place on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4 pm at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to Eleanor Baum, Ph.D., Dean Emerita, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, who also presented the Graduation address, and Michael Isaacson, Ph.D., Distinguished Composer of Contemporary Jewish Liturgical Music. HUC-JIR alumni were awarded honorary doctorates in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service. Students were presented with the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management, Master of Arts in Religious Education – Executive M.A. Program, Master of Arts in Religious Education – In-Residence Program, Master of Sacred Music, and Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature.

New York Ordination:

New York Ordination took place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9 am at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Rabbi Joel Mosbacher ’98, D.Min. ’07, Senior Rabbi, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Manhattan, and Rabbi Rachel Timoner ’09, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, presented the Ordination address. Read their address. The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to HIAS, the Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, and was accepted by Mark Hetfield, President and CEO. Read his address. We ordained 10 students as cantors and 11 students as rabbis. 

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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