HUC-JIR/LA Holds Ordination Services at Temple Israel of Hollywood, May 17, 2009 - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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HUC-JIR/LA Holds Ordination Services at Temple Israel of Hollywood, May 17, 2009

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Forty-three rabbinical students will have been ordained this year at HUC-JIR's Ordination ceremonies: 15 in Los Angeles, 14 in New York, and 14 in Cincinnati.

Rabbi Richard Levy, Director, School of Rabbinical Studies at HUC-JIR/LA, delivered the Ordination Address.

Rabbi David Ellenson, President, HUC-JIR 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/LA Rabbinical Class of 2009


Ordination Class of 2009 prepares for services


Procession of student rabbis into the sanctuary of  Temple Israel of Hollywood


With her colleagues looking on, newly-ordained student rabbi, Rachel Timoner, expresses heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Rabbi Richard Levy, Director of the rabbinic school.

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.