Capstone Projects for 2010 Master of Arts: in Religious Education Degree Recipients

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, presented the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree to 13 students in the Class of 2010 on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.

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 MARE recipients below:

Philip Bazeley: Philip’s senior capstone topic was “From Where Does My Help Come: A Spiritual Approach to our Bodies and Souls.”  He is returning to the Rabbinic Program at HUC-JIR/New York.

Tifani Coyot: Tifani’s senior capstone topic was “A Multi-Sensory Prayer Curriculum.” She will be the Cantor and Educator at Kol Tikva in Woodland Hills, CA.

Joshua Franklin: Josh’s senior capstone topic was “Rocking the Boat: Lessons about Reforming from Pharisees and the Tannaim.”  He is returning to the Rabbinic Program at HUC-JIR/New York.

Yael Gamon: Yael’s senior capstone topic was “Connections between Personal Stories and Stories of Midrash.”  She is returning to Israel.

Jessica Ingram: Jessica’s senior capstone topic was “Hineni: A Curriculum exploring Personal and Communal Obligation & Response.” She will be the Program Associate at the Commission on the Jewish People and the Project Coordinator in the Research Department of the Jewish Community Study of New York NEXT.

Yaron Kapitulnik:Yaron’s senior capstone topic was “A New Model For Religious School Education.”  He will be the Rabbi and Educator at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Igor Khokhlov: Igor’s senior capstone topic was “The Jewish Time: A Curriculum for Russian/American Families.”  He is entering the HUC-JIR Jewish Communal Service Program.

David Levy: David’s senior capstone topic was “Kedush Levana: Creating a Holy Space for Men.”  He is returning to the Rabbinic Program at HUC-JIR/New York.

Rabbi Ellie Miller: Ellie’s senior capstone topic was “High Holiday Children’s Programs: An Interactive Four-Year Curriculum.”  She will continue as Rabbi and Educator at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, NJ.

Rachel Petroff: Rachel’s senior capstone topic was “Adult Education - Curriculum on developing a Personal Theology.”  She will be the Family Educator at Temple Isaiah in Fulton, MD.

Dena Wachtel Stein: Dena’s senior capstone topic was “Hineni: A Curriculum exploring Personal and Communal Obligation & Response.”  She will be the Program Associate at JESNA (Grinspoon Awards, Lainer Interns, Teach it Forward).

David Vaisberg: David’s senior capstone topic was “Keep it Together, Keep it Real: A Curriculum of Healthy Living for Jewish Teens.”   He is returning to the Rabbinic Program at HUC-JIR/New York.

Olga Zelzburg: Olga’s senior capstone topic was “The Jewish Time: A Curriculum for Russian/American Families.”  She will be the Director of Congregational Education at Temple Beth El in Ithaca, NY.


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