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Ordination and Academic Convocation at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem

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Friday, November 19, 2010

From left to right: Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem; Rabbi Haim Shalom; Rabbi Zohar Ufaz Lipsky; Rabbi Myra Hovav Katz; Rabbi Gaby Dagan; Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR; Rabbi Mark Rosenstein, Director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

The Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion held its Ordination and Academic Convocation on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 13 King David Street, Jerusalem, Israel.  Click here to view the program. 

  • Four new Israeli Reform rabbis were ordained: Zohar Ufaz-Lipsky, Gabriel (Gabby) Dagan, Myra Hovav, and Haim Shalom.  Click here to read about these newly ordained rabbis.
  • Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, presented Honorary Degrees to Nurit Eldar; Javier Simonovich, Ph.D.; Cantor Professor Eliyahu Schleifer; and Tsvia Walden, Ph.D.  Click here to read about the recipients.
  • Certificates for graduates of the Life Texts - Talmudic Bibliotherapy Program, sponsored by the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, were presented to twelve students.  Click here to learn about these individuals.
  • Six students received the Certificate in Pluralistic Jewish Education, part of the Master’s Program in Jewish Education in partnership with the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University.  Click here to read about these graduates.

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 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, 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.