HUC-JIR Graduation Honors Jewish Leaders, Alumni and Graduating Class of 2009 on the Los Angeles campus
(L-R), Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, Lowell Milken, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Milken Family Foundation, and Dr. Michael Zeldin, Professor of Jewish Education and Director, Rhea Hirsch School of Education
Nearly 700 communal leaders, relatives, and friends gathered at the Los Angeles Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Graduation Ceremonies of the 134th academic year.
HUC-JIR presented the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Lowell Milken, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Milken Family Foundation, Dr. Mohammed Fathi Osman, Scholar in Residence, Omar Ibn al-Khattah Foundation, and posthumously to Dr. Michael Signer, z”l, Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture, University of Notre Dame.
(L-R), Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, Dr. Mohammed Fathi Osman, Scholar in Residence, Omar Ibn al-Khattah Foundation, and Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies
(L-R), Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Dean, HUC-JIR/LA Campus, Mrs. Betty Signer, widow of the late Dr. Michael Signer, Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture, University of Notre Dame, and Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President
Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/LA, delivered the graduation address.
Madelyn Mishkin Katz, RJE, Director of Student Life at HUC-JIR/LA, was presented with a “Citation in Recognition” of her 25 years of service to the Reform Movement.
HUC-JIR alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service.
Rabbinical Alumni - Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, 2009; Rabbi Sanford D. Akselrad, Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Rabbi Avi M. Schulman, Rabbi Steve L. Silver pictured with Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President; Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Dean, LA Campus, and Rabbi Richard Levy.
Cantorial Alumnus - Doctor of Music, honoris causa, 2009; Cantor Steven Michael Puzarne pictured with Cantor Samuel Radwine, Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President; Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Dean, LA Campus.
Communal Service Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa, 2009; Mark L. Goldstein, Mark David Gurvis, Zev A. Kessler, Amy Dover Neistein, Steven A. Reitman pictured with Professor Gerald Bubis, Richard Siegel, Interim Director of the SJCS, Lori Klein, Assistant Director, Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President; Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Dean, LA Campus.
Education Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa, 2009; Madelyn Mishkin Katz, RJE, Rabbi Barry M. Lutz, RJE, Cindy Reich, RJE, Lori B. Sagarin, RJE, pictured with Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director, Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Professor Sara Lee, Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President; Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Dean, LA Campus.
Dr. Roland Chapdelaine, President, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, was presented with the Presidents' Medal by Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President and Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Dean, LA Campus.
Master of Arts in Jewish Education, Class of 2009, with HUC-JIR Administration
Rachel Ackerman, Missy Bell, Matthew Kahn, Luisa Moss, Jordi Schuster, Laura Siegel, Jake Singer-Beilin, Rebekah Stern, Emily Walsh, Julia Weisz
Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, Class of 2009, with HUC-JIR Administration
Ethan Bair, Sarah Bassin, Lindy Davidson (not pictured), Jessica Gross, Stephanie Kramer, Samantha Orshan, Miriam Philips, Rebecca Reice, Beaumont Shapiro, Heath Watenmaker
Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service, Class of 2009, with HUC-JIR Administration
Missy Bell, Benjamin Bloom, Rena Fraade, David Harris, Jessica Ingram, Matthew Kahn, Laurel Klein, Shira Liff-Grieff, Luisa Moss, Anna Schwarz, Laura Siegel, Emily Walsh
Rachel Ackerman was chosen by her peers to provide the student graduation address
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.