Mazel Tov to the 2018 Honorary Doctorate and Medallion Recipients - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Mazel Tov to the 2018 Honorary Doctorate and Medallion Recipients

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Mazel tov to the HUC-JIR alumni awarded with 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. Read the national Graduation and Ordination announcement.

Please consider recognizing a colleague's incredible career or a newly ordained or graduated alumna/us by making a gift to HUC-JIR in their honor. 

This year's recipients included:

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Renni Sue Altman (N)
Judith Rosenthal Beiner*
Daniel M. Cohen (N)
Sigma Faye Coran*
Faith Joy Dantowitz (N)
Rebecca Lee Lesser Dubowe (L)
Paula Lynn Feldstein (N)
Joseph Meyer Forman (N)
Stacy Friedman (L)
Paula R. Goldberg (N)
Lisa Laura Goldstein (N)
Evan Lander Goodman (L)
Laurence W. Groffman (N)
Deborah Gardner Helbraun*
Elizabeth Blanche Hersh*
Gregory Jon Merrill Kanter*
Sandra Katz (N)
Jeffrey A. Kaye (L)
Andrew Robert Koren*
Dana Lawrence Magat, RJE (L)
Laurence P. Malinger (N)
Toby H. Manewith*
Amy L. Memis-Foler (N)
Steven L. Mills, z"l (N)
Jordan B. Millstein (N)
Ellen Nemhauser (N)
Sheryl Nosan, RJE (L)
Oren Joseph Harzfeld Postrel (N)
Janine C. Schloss (L)
Eleanor Gwen Smith (N)
Cory Adam Weiss*
Kenneth Scott Weiss, RJE (L)
Brian Howard Zimmerman (N)

Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Anna S. Berman (N)
Arlene Bernstein (N)
Ida Rae Cahana (N)
Rebecca Carmi (N)
Susan Lori Caro (N)
Rebecca Garfein (N)
Rhoda J. Harrison (N)
Penny M. Kessler (N)
Michael Kruk (N)
Donna Faye Marcus (N)
Judith C. Naimark (N)
Vadim Israel Tunitsky (N) 

School of Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Roseann P. Michelson, RJE (N)
Deborah S. Niederman, RJE (L)

Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa
Daniel Jay Berman (L)
Stephen Cohen (N)
Barbara Lynne Gelb (L)
Ann L. Luban (L)
Rachel E. Sisk (L) 

Pines School of Graduate Studies Medallion
Dr. Martin G. Abegg, Jr. (C)


* Awarded at Cincinnati Founders’ Day on March 28, 2018  
(C) Awarded at Cincinnati Graduation
(L) Awarded at Los Angeles Graduation 
(N) Awarded at New York Graduation


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 leaders to serve 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, museums, 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.