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HUC-JIR Announces 2019 Graduation and Ordination in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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, will bestow 89 degrees at Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York on the Class of 2019'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.

The College-Institute will award 89 degrees:
Ordain 30 rabbis at Ordination in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
Ordain 4 cantors at Ordination in New York;
5 Doctor of Ministry degrees;
1 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
17 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
6 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
3 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
2 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Studies;
1 Master of Arts degree in Religious Education;
6 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management;
4 Master of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
1 Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Innovation; and 
9 Master of Sacred Music degrees.

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
Jaime Klein Aklepi (N)
Ruth Alpers*
David Ariel-Joel*
Lev Baesh*
Karen Bender (L)
Joshua L. Bennett*
Andrew James Busch (N)
Michael Zvi Shraga Cahana (N)
Daniel Josh Feder (L)
Yossi Feintuch*
Sharon Golda Forman (N)
Niles Elliot Goldstein (N)
Tom Gutherz (N)
Linda Jane Joseph (N)
Reena Judd (N)
William I. Kuhn (N)
Sérgio Roberto Margulies (N)
Laura H. Metzger*
Adam Michael Morris*
Audrey Sharon Pollack*
Daniel Lawrence Rabishaw (L)
Rachel Rembrandt (N)
Michael Alan Schadick (N)
Susan Silverman (J)
Debbie Shelton Stiel*
Barbara Ann Benenson Symons (N)
Ronald B. B. Symons (N)
Pamela Joy Wax (N)

Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Margot E.B. Goldberg (N)
Jonathan Neil Grant (L)
Orna Meira Tuchendler-Green (N)
Claire G. Metzger (N)
Jessica Roskin (N)
Michael Alan Shochet (N)
Scott David Simon (N)
Ellen Shari Tilem (N)
Menorah Winston (N)
Julie Yugend-Green (N)

School of Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Richard Scott Abrams, RJE (L)
Tamara Lustgarten Gropper (L)
Maxine Segal Handelman, RJE (L)
Elisa P. Bergenfeld Juros (L)
Lisa Beth Langer, RJE (L)
Cheryl Stiffman Maayan (L)
Katherine Schwartz, RJE (L)
Laura Novak Winer, RJE (L)

Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa
Michael Lionel Balaban (L)
Mary Baron (N)
Jeffrey M. Bernhardt (L)
Laurie Jayne Earp (L)
Randi M. Dubno Gardner (N)
Deborah Beth Goldberg (N)
Lisa Ann Francine Kaplan (L)
Robert Alan Nosanchuk (N)
Marsha Katz Rothpan (L)
Ilana Beatrice Steinberg (L)

Pines School of Graduate Studies Medallion
Dr. Ruth Langer (C)
Dr. Paul H. Wright (C)

 

* Awarded at Cincinnati Founders’ Day 
(C) Awarded at Cincinnati Graduation
(L) Awarded at Los Angeles Graduation 
(N) Awarded at New York Graduation

 

NEW YORK GRADUATION

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 26 Nisan 5779 | 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:
Madeleine Albright, Graduation Speaker; Former U.S. Secretary of State and Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group. READ or WATCH her address.

The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling was presented to the following 5 students:
Deborah Berman
Alisa T. Forman
Ucall George Harris
Lois M. Perelson-Gross
Robyn Hedy Tsesarsky

The Master of Arts in Religious Education was presented to the following student:
Emily Laura Mae Besthoff

The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies was presented to the following student:
Susan H. Picker

The Master of Sacred Music was presented to the following 9 students:
Jennifer Elise Benrey
Tobias Bernard Glaser
Benjamin Joseph Harris
Alexandra Marie Kurland
Amelia Lavranchuk
Meara Ilene Lebovitz
Danielle Lea Rodnizki
Emily Clare Simkin
Robert David Wittner

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature was presented to the following 6 students:
Sarah Melissa Berman
Deena Joy Gottlieb
Thalia Naomi Halpert Rodis
Jennifer Elizabeth Mager
Jordan A. Shaner
Rena Singer

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 5, 2019 | 30 Nisan 5779 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York

Ordination Speaker:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual, HUC-JIR/New York. READ HIS ADDRESS.

The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to:
Dr. Mona Hanna-AttishaFounder and DirectorMichigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative

The following 4 students were ordained as cantors:
Harriet Jane Dunkerley
Sarah Grabiner
Mariel Beth Guarrera-Ashkenazy
Leah Rose Shafritz

The following 8 students were ordained as rabbis:
Samantha Gayler Frank
Shira Hannah Gluck
Hilly N. Haber
Tobias Divack Moss
Jennifer L. Queen
Jordan A. Shaner
Evan Joshua Sheinhait
Daniel Jacob Slipakoff

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

 

LOS ANGELES ORDINATION

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 7 Iyar 5779 | 10 am
Stephen Wise Temple | 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Ordination Speaker:
Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D., Effie Wise Ochs Professor of Biblical Literature and History, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. READ HER ADDRESS

The following 12 students were ordained as rabbis:
Julie Lauren Bressler
Alexis Nicole Erdheim
Avi Burstein Fine
Robert Paul Friedman
Benjamin Caplan-Meskin Gurin
Lillian Sarah Kowalski
Joanne Michelle Loiben
Elana Rose Nemitoff
Ira Saul Rosenberg
Eric Daniel Rosenstein
Leah Hillary Sternberg
Bryan Stephen Zive 

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

 

LOS ANGELES GRADUATION

Monday, May 13, 2019 | 8 Iyar 5778 | 4:30 pm
Stephen Wise Temple | 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles, CA

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Andrew Viterbi, Graduation Speaker; Presidential Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California. READ HIS ADDRESS

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was presented to the following 6 students:
Mikah S. Atkind
David Aaron Kazdan
Alexis Nicole Erdheim
Sarah S. Horvitz
Leah Phillips
Emily Kayla Rothstein

The Master of Arts in Jewish Education was presented to the following 2 students:
Mikah S. Atkind
Hannah Lauren Elkin
Emma Marie Jaszczak

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 7 students:
Nora Elizabeth E. Feinstein
Samuel S. Klein
Michael Franklin Lewis
Samuel A. Stern
Mira Segal Weller
Elana Sara Rabishaw
Brett Charles Weisman

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Innovation was presented to the following student:
Elana Marie Bloomfield

 

CINCINNATI GRADUATION

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 26 Iyar 5779 | 11 am
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, will be presented to:
Andrew R. Berger, Immediate Past Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors; Prominent Corporate Attorney and Jewish Communal Leader

The Sherut L’Am Award will be presented to:
Deborah Lipstadt, Ph.D., Graduation Speaker; Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University; Author of “Antisemitism: Here and Now”

The Doctor of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies will be presented to the following student:
Gregory Allen Snyder

The Master of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies will be presented to the following 4 students:
Eric Anthony Barrios
Steven L. Donnally
Cameron Sapaugh
Keith R. Vande Vrede

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters will be presented to the following 10 students:
Benjamin Avi Altshuler
Benjamin Geoffrey Azriel
Yael K. Dadoun
Robert Aaron Gleisser
Rachel Ann Gross-Prinz
Alicia Harris
Natalie Louise Shribman
Caroline Rachel Sim
Michael Weiss
Austin Maxwell Zoot

The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies will be presented to the following student:
Sara Nicole Yeager

 

CINCINNATI ORDINATION

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 27 Iyar 5779 | 9 am
Plum Street Temple | 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati

Ordination Speaker:
Rabbi Hara Person, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Executive-Elect, Central Conference of American Rabbis

The following 10 students will be ordained as rabbis:
David Benjamin Bloom
Jordan Faye Cohen
Zachary Scott Goodman
Rachel Ann Gross-Prinz
Allyson Resnik Jacobson
David Alex Reinhart
Bailey Jean Romano
Joseph Harold Rosen
Samantha Cari Schapera
Isaama Marian Goldstein-Stoll


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. www.huc.edu