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.
The rabbinical and cantorial graduates of the New York School of HUC-JIR will be ordained and invested, respectively, at Ordination and Investiture Services at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York on May 3rd.
Fourteen rabbis (11 women, 3 men) will be ordained (of 43 rabbinical graduates of the Class of 2009 – 13 men, 30 women) and 11 cantors (9 women, 2 men) will be invested at the convocation marking the 134th academic year. Rabbi Norman Cohen, HUC-JIR Provost, will deliver the Ordination Address.
Rabbi Ellenson will award the 2009 Roger E. Joseph Prize 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.
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.”
The students to be ordained rabbi are:
The students to be invested cantor are:
Lisa Shapanka Arbisser
Please see the national invitation for full event details ().