Capstone Projects for 2010 Master of Arts in Jewish Education Degree Recipients - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Capstone Projects for 2010 Master of Arts in Jewish Education Degree Recipients

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, presented the Master of Arts in Jewish Education degree to students in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education Class of 2010 on Monday, May 17, 2010 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.

Rabbi Ellenson said, “The Class of 2010 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.”

Please see all Master of Arts in Jewish Education recipients below:

Laura Abrasley:  Laura’s senior capstone topic was “A Jewish Parent’s Guide to Parenting Teens.”
Bradley Cohen:  Bradley’s senior capstone topic was “Getting Down with the Earth: A Guide to Learning Middot through Building a Congregational Garden.”  Bradley will be the Religious School Director at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Baltimore, MD.
Jessy Gross:  Jessy’s senior capstone topic was “What is Informed About Informed Choice:  One Approach to Growing an Intentional Jewish Praxis.”
Lauren Luskey:  Lauren’s senior capstone topic was “iPray.”  She will be the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, PA.
Ilana Mills:  Ilana’s senior capstone topic was “Yours, Mine and Ours:  An Exploration of the Intersection and Dissonance Between Jewish and Non-Jewish Cultures.”
Miriam Philips:  Miriam’s senior capstone topic was “Created Uniquely Oneself: A Confirmation Class Exploring Identity, Community and Tradition through Jewish Ideas of ‘Being Human.’’
Rebecca Reice:  Rebecca’s senior capstone topic was “Betrayals of Trust:  Approaching Nasty Narratives in the Bible and Beyond.”
Tamara Wheatley Weisman:  Tamara’s senior capstone topic was “I and Thou:  Connecting to Holocaust Survivors and Ourselves.”  She will be the Religious School Director at University Synagogue in Los Angeles, CA.


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