Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Announces 2009 Ordination, Investiture, Graduate, and Honorary Degree Recipients
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Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has announced the class of 2009, who will be ordained, invested, and graduated this spring in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York. HUC-JIR is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Ellenson said, “The Class of 2009 emerges from the College-Institute imbued with leadership skills, steeped in knowledge, strengthened by a commitment to service, and dedicated to bringing hope and healing to our troubled world. As they touch the lives of others through their sacred work as rabbis, cantors, educators, communal professionals, scholars, and pastoral care-givers throughout North America and around the world, they will be a source of inspiration and guidance.”
Rabbi Ellenson also announced that the 2009 Roger E. Joseph Prize will be awarded at the New York Ordination and Investiture Service to Helen Lieberman, Founder of Ikamva Labantu, the South African non-profit organization that works with and assists affiliated community-based organizations serving children, youth, adults, families, seniors, and the disabled. Dr. Arno G. Motulsky, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Medicine and Genome Studies, Unviersity of Washington, will receive the 2009 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize at the Cincinnati Graduation Ceremony.
Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, Provost of HUC-JIR, will deliver the Ordination Address in New York; Rabbi Ellenson will deliver the Ordination Address in Cincinnati; and Rabbi Richard Levy, Director, School of Rabbinical Studies, HUC-JIR/LA, will deliver the Ordination Address in Los Angeles. Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR/LA, will deliver the Graduation Address in Los Angeles.
HUC-JIR will present the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Dov L. Seidman, Chairman and CEO of LRN, who will deliver the Graduation Address in New York; Dr. Scott S. Cowen, President of Tulane University, who will deliver the Graduation Address in Cincinnati;
Dr. Walter Homolka, Executive Director of Abraham Geiger College; Lowell Milken, Chairman and Co-Founder, Milken Family Foundation; Dr. Mohamed Fathi Osman, Scholar in Residence, Omar Ibn al-Khattab Foundation; and Cardinal William Henry Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore. The Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, will be awarded posthumously to Dr. Michael Signer, z”l, Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture, University of Notre Dame.
Rabbi Lennard R. Thal, Senior Vice President Emeritus, Union for Reform Judaism, will receive the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Roland Chapdelaine, President, Los Angeles Trade Technical College; and Betty Benjamin, Former President, Women of Reform Judaism, will receive the Presidents' Medals. Madelyn Mishkin Katz, Director of Student Life at HUC-JIR/LA, will receive a Citation in Recognition.
HUC-JIR alumni will be awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service, as well as the Founders' Medallion, in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service:
Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Sanford D. Akselrad
James M. Bennett
Brad Lane Bloom
Judith A. Bluestein
Terry Allen Bookman
Gary M. Bretton-
Judith A. Chessin
Jody Ruth Cohen
Steven L. Denker
S. Joan Glazer Farber
Constance A. Golden
Julie K. Gordon
Suzanne D. Kassel
Tracy G. Klirs
Robert Brent Lennick
Gregory S. Marx
Ian D. Morris
Stacy K. Offner
Joe Rooks Rapport
Gaylia R. Rooks
Amy R. Scheinerman
Avi M. Schulman
Scott L. Shpeen
Steve L. Silver
Keith H. Stern
Elizabeth Weiss Stern
Margaret Moers Wenig
Irwin A. Zeplowitz
Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Rachelle Faith Nelson
Steven Michael Puzarne
Communal Service Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Communal Service,
Mark L. Goldstein
Mark David Gurvis
Cheryl J. Kessler, z”l
Zev A. Kessler
Amy Dover Neistein
Steven A. Reitman
Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education,
Gail S. Kahn, RJE
Rabbi Barry M. Lutz, RJE
Cindy Reich, RJE
Lori B. Sagarin, RJE
Wendy Robinson Schwartz, RJE
Graduate Studies Alumni - Founders’ Medallion
Richard S. Hess, Ph.D.
Miriam Dean-Otting, Ph.D.
Steven M. Voth, Ph.D.
The College-Institute will award 175 earned degrees:
- Ordain 43 rabbis (13 men, 30 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
- Invest 11 cantors (2 men, 9 women) at Investiture Services in New York;
- 29 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
- 20 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
- 8 Master of Sacred Music degrees;
- 10 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
- 7 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
- 13 Certificates in Day School Teaching;
- 12 Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service degrees;
- 9 Doctor of Ministry degrees;
- 7 Doctor of Philosophy degrees;
- 5 Master of Philosophy degree in Hebraic and Cognate Studies;
- 1 Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree.
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All degrees are granted upon completion of all requirements.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation’s oldest 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 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 history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.