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 Isaac M. Wise Temple on June 7th for the HUC-JIR Cincinnati Graduation Ceremonies of the 134th academic year.
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.”
Dr. Arno G. Motulsky, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Medicine and Genome Studies, University of Washington, will receive the 2009 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize.
HUC-JIR will present the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University, who will deliver the Graduation Address, and to William Henry Cardinal Keeler, Archdiocese Emeritus of Baltimore.
Betty Benjamin, Former President, Women of Reform Judaism, will be presented with the Presidents' Medal.
HUC-JIR alumni will be 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
Rabbi Elias Jacob Lieberman
Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks
The College-Institute will award the following earned degrees to its students in Cincinnati:
Doctor of Philosophy
John H. Choi
David L. Everson
Kristine Sue Henriksen Garroway
Adam Carter McCollum
Michael David Matlock
Jennifer Elizabeth Quast
David L. Turner
Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies:
Peter Joseph Bekins
Michael Andrei Cernucan
John Charles Halton, IV
Nicholas James Petersen
Gregory Allen Snyder
Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters:
Elizabeth Bandyk Bahar
Rachel Crossley Saphire
Please see the national invitation for full event details ().