Celebrating HUC-JIR Alumni for Their Contributions to the Jewish Community

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President, at left, with members of the HUC-JIR National Office of Recruitment and Admissions team and HUC-JIR Alumni Recruitment Recognition Award recipients. 

Five HUC-JIR alumni were presented with the HUC-JIR Alumni Recruitment Recognition Award to celebrate and honor their contributions to the Jewish community and the Jewish people by mentoring and guiding future Jewish leaders. The awards were presented at the HUC-JIR alumni reception at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial on December 8, 2017. The candidates for the awards were gleaned from data of nominations, applications, and surveys, as well as work on special projects that benefit recruitment.  

  • Michelle Shapiro Abraham SOE '96, for serving as our close partner in shaping future leaders through innovative work in training youth professionals and camp professionals through meaningful experiential education.
  • Cantor Zoe Jacobs DFSSM '09, for being an ambassador of HUC-JIR in the UK and mentoring the brightest stars to come to HUC-JIR.
  • Rabbi Richard Kirschen '96, for recruiting countless young people toward a life of Jewish leadership.
  • Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk '94, ZSJNM '01, for his life of work with NFTY, URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), URJ Kutz Camp, and as senior rabbi at Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, OH.
  • Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman '88, for decades of commitment to HUC-JIR and for her leadership and mentorship of countless young people who have come to HUC-JIR.

Thank you to these alumni and to all of our alumni for mentoring and recommending candidates for the graduate programs of HUC-JIR. Please take advantage of our Alumni Recruitment Toolkit to interest tomorrow's Jewish leaders in today's opportunities. 

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and President's Scholar, and the Recruitment and Admissions team, together with the President’s Office, present Alumni Recruitment Recognition Awards two to three times per year. If you would like to nominate an alumnnus, please send their name, contact information, and a three-five sentence recommendation to Rabbi Sabath at rsabath@huc.edu

If you would like to speak with a member of the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions, be in touch at explore@huc.edu.


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