Honorary Degrees and Awards Presented at Graduation in New York - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Honorary Degrees and Awards Presented at Graduation in New York

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Doctors of Humane Letters, honoris causa:
  • Dr. Walter Homolka, Executive Director, Abraham Geiger College
  • Dov L. Seidman, Chairman and CEO, LRN
American Jewish Distinguished Service Award:
  • Rabbi Lennard R. Thal, Senior Vice President Emeritus, Union for Reform Judaism 

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa

Rabbi Terry Allan Bookman

Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor

Rabbi Jody Ruth Cohen

Rabbi Steven L. Denker

Rabbi S. Joan Glazer Farber

Rabbi Carol Glass

Rabbi Constance A. Golden

Rabbi Julie K. Gordon

Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman

Rabbi Suzanne D. Kassel

Rabbi Tracy G. Klirs

Rabbi Robert Brent Lennick, D.Min

Rabbi Gregory S. Marx

Rabbi Ian D. Morris

Rabbi Stacy K. Offner

Rabbi Amy R. Scheinerman

Rabbi Judy Shanks

Rabbi Scott L. Shpeen

Rabbi Thomas K. Weiner

Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig

Rabbi Irwin A. Zeplowitz

Rabbi Yosef Mordecai Zylberberg


Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa

Cantor Andrew Edison

Cantor Boris Kazansky

Cantor Rachelle Faith Nelson

Cantor Jill Spasser


Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa

Gail S. Kahn, RJE

Wendy Robinson Schwartz, RJE


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