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HUC-JIR/New York Graduation and Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York held Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 4 pm and Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 9 am.  The convocations took place at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York (10 East 66th Street entrance for Graduation; Fifth Avenue at 65th Street entrance for Ordination/Investiture).

Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, 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.”

Rabbi Ellenson presented honorary degrees and awards to leading academic, communal, and civic leaders; awarded earned degrees to HUC-JIR’s graduates; ordained the Rabbinical Class of 2010; and invested the Cantorial Class of 2010; as follows:

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 15 Iyar 5770 | 4 pm
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | 10 East 66th Street, New York

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Dr. Leon Botstein, President and Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Bard College; Music Director, American Symphony Orchestra; Graduation Speaker
Barbara Friedman, Past Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors
Dr. David Ruderman, Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania

The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize was presented to:
Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations

HUC-JIR alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, and Jewish Religious Education, in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service:

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
B. Elka Abrahamson
Murray J. Berger, Ph.D.
Darryl P. Crystal
Marla J. Feldman
Steven Folberg
Dayle A. Friedman
Barbara Sobel Goldman-Wartell
Linda Henry Goodman
Rachel Conrad Hertzman
Norman Mark Klein
Rex David Perlmeter
Barry L. Schwartz
Joshua S. Taub
Misha Zinkow

Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Deborah Bard
Amy Brenner Mitz
Amy Daniels
Rita F. Glassman
Bruce Halev
Lilia Kazansky
Sharon Ruth Kohn
Barbara Gay Margulis
Donn R. Rosensweig
Kevin David Wartell
Elena Zarkh

Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Lillian Weinstock Rappaport, RJE
Steven E. Steinbock, RJE

Deceased alumni of the Class of 1985 were memorialized:
Rabbi Charisse N. Kranes, z"l
Rabbi Julie Ringold Spitzer, z"l
Rabbi Jeffrey J.Weisblatt, z"l
Robbyn Sue Panitch, z”l, MAJCS/MSW

The Doctor of Ministry was presented to the following 19 students:
Rev. Fr. Fredrick Ifeanyi Anawonah
Cantor Dana S. Anesi
Cantor Emilie O. Coopersmith
Pastor Michael A. Dickson
Rev. Fr. Hippolytus Uchenna Duru
Reverend David Allan Elseroad
Pastor Jane Ann Groom
Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Ifeanyi Ikemelu
Reverend Leonard F. Jarvis
Pastor Eldeen C. King
Rabbi Joshua E. Minkin
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky
Sister Patientia Mary Quayson
Minister Eulalia B. Isabella Sentino
Rabbi Jennifer Robin Solomon
Reverend Sulton Stack, Jr.
Rabbi Bonita E. Taylor
Cantor Josephine Elizabeth Margalith Wolff
Reverend Lise K. Worthington

The Master of Arts in Religious Education was presented to the following 13 students:
Philip Newton-Adler Bazeley
Tifani Heather Coyot
Joshua A. Franklin
Yael Gamon
Jesica M. Ingram
Yaron Kapitulnik
Igor Khokhlov
David Edward Levy
Ellie Lynn Miller
Rachel Sara Petroff
David Z. Vaisberg
Dena Sara Wachtel Stein
Olga Zelzburg

The Master of Sacred Music was presented to the following 7 students:
Joshua Aaron Breitzer
Melanie Sarah Cooperman
David Peller Frommer
Jason Ryan Kaufman
Brian Jamie Marx
Mary Rebecca Thomas
Cheryl Anita Wunch

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature was presented to the following 15 students:
Lauren Blasingame Pack Ben-Shoshan
Rose Kowel Durbin
Carla Fenves
Diana L. Fersko
Eli C. Freedman
Jennifer Sager Gertman
Emma K. Gottlieb
Kimberly Herzog Cohen
Cassi Beth Kail
Molly Gabriella Kane
Ann Elizabeth Landowne
Nicole Simone Luna
Sara L. Newman
Jonathan Isaac Bloch Prosnit
Mara E. Young

Sunday, May 2, 2010 | 18 Iyar 5770 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York

Barry Shrage, President, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston, MA;  Ordination Speaker

The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to Dean G. Lorich, M.D., Associate Director of Orthopaedic Trauma Service, Hospital for Special Surgery; Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College; Leader of the Hospital for Special Surgery mission of orthopedic trauma surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists to Haiti

The following 9 cantorial students were invested:
Tifani Heather Coyot
Galit Dadoun-Cohen
Maria Dubinsky
Leah Ellie Holland
Jason Ryan Kaufman
Donna R. Mashadi Azu
Rollin Richmond Simmons
Raina Siroty Flowers
Star Alexandra Trompeter

The following 22 students were ordained as Rabbis:

Heather Allyn Borshof
Rachel Miriam Bregman
Rose Kowel Durbin
Eli C. Freedman
Jennifer Sager Gertman
Emma K. Gottlieb
Owen Anders Gottlieb
Neil Elliott Hirsch
Alexandra (Sandi) Beth Intraub
Yaron Kapitulnik
Rachel Pawelak Kort
Marion Lev-Cohen
Jill Robyn Perlman
Karen Rachel Perolman
Rena Yael Polonsky
David Jeremy Segal
Rachel Emma Shafran Steiner
Ariana Jaffe Silverman
Melissa B. Simon
Joseph Aaron Skloot
Matthew David Soffer
Melissa Zalkin Stollman

Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies will also be held in Los Angeles (Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3 pm and Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 10 am, respectively) and in Cincinnati (Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 1 pm and Saturday, June 5 at 9 am, respectively).

The College-Institute will award 155 earned degrees and 12 certificates:

  • Ordain 44 rabbis (16 men, 28 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
  • Invest 9 cantors (1 man, 8 women) at Investiture Services in New York;
  • 17 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
  • 15 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
  • 7 Master of Sacred Music degrees;
  • 7 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
  • 13 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
  • 5 Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service degrees;
  • 19 Doctor of Ministry degrees;
  • 6 Doctor of Philosophy degrees;
  • 1 Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree;
  • 10 Master of Philosophy degree in Hebraic and Cognate Studies;
  • 2 Master of Arts in Judaic Studies degrees; and
  • 12 Certificates in Day School Teaching.

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.