Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of 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.
Communal leaders, relatives, and friends will gather at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York on April 30th for the HUC-JIR Graduation Ceremonies of the 134th academic year in New York.
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.”
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 to the New York community, and to Dr. Walter Homolka, Executive Director, Abraham Geiger College.
Rabbi Lennard R. Thal, Vice President Emeritus, Union for Reform Judaism, will be presented with the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award.
HUC-JIR alumni will be awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service, and Founders’ Medallions, in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service:
Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Dov L. Seidman
Dr. Walter Homolka
Rabbi Lennard R. Thal
Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
The College-Institute will award the following earned degrees to its students in New York:
Doctor of Ministry:
Jeanine Blaustein, PhD
Reverend Linda Hill
Rabbi Alan David Londy
Father John Aduseh Poku
Father Stephen Okeke
Father Charles Omutu
Pastor Kim Wilson
Rabbi Hanna Yerushalmi
Doctor of Hebrew Letters:
Master of Arts in Religious Education:
Lauren Pack Ben Shoshan
Master of Sacred Music:
Galit Dadoun Cohen
Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature:
Marion Lev Cohen
Melissa Zalkin Stollman
Please see the national invitation for full event details (http://huc.edu/external/email/09/03/graduation/).
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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 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