HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Music, honoris causa, to Kevin Wartell

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Cantor Kevin Wartell with the Doctor of Music at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.  Cantor Wartell was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Cantor Wartell has proudly served Temple Beth El in Allentown for the past 21 years and this year he is receiving an honorary doctorate in Music from his alma mater, HUC-JIR, from which he was invested as Cantor in 1985.

Cantor Wartell was the founding chair of Project Yachad, the Lehigh Valley Coalition of Jewish Education and serves on the boards of both the Jewish federation of the Lehigh Valley and the Allentown Jewish Community Center. He also founded and continues to host a radio program featuring Jewish Music heard on WMUH – FM, Allentown.

Cantor Wartell is proud to be receiving this honor in the same ceremony as his wife, Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell, who will also receive her honorary doctorate celebrating her ordination as Rabbi in 1985.

In addition to HUC-JIR, Cantor Wartell also received his B.A. degree in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan in 1980.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to 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, 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.