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

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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.  Please click here for the program.

Four new Israeli Reform rabbis were ordained: Zohar Ufaz-Lipsky, Gabriel (Gabby) Dagan, Myra Hovav, and Haim Shalom.

Special honors and honorary degrees were presented by Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, to:

President’s Medallion – Nurit Eldar, leader of the Tali (Enhanced Jewish Studies) educational systems, leader of Tali Bayit Vegan, principal of the junior high school division, and later principal, at Tali Beit Hinuch School

Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa – Javier Simonovich, Ph.D., urban community consultant and lecturer emeritus at Haifa University, lecturer at Jezreel Valley Academic College, and former director of the Leo Baeck Community Center, Haifa

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa – Cantor Prof. Eliyahu Schleifer, Director of Cantorial Studies and Associate Professor of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem (1987-2010)

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa – Tsvia Walden, Ph.D., head of the Institute for Initiatives, Language and Computers and Senior Lecturer at Beit Berl College and Ben Gurion University

Certificates for graduates of the Sugyot Chaim – “Life Texts-Talmudic Bibliotherapy” Program, sponsored by the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, were presented to:
Yona Arazi
Inbal Briskin-Pery
Ofra Hepner
Sara Katz
Tsippy Levin Byron
Edna Mazor
Michal Segal
Eli Sharon
Kineret Shiryon
Michal Yaniv
Hemda Zukerman

Certificates for graduates 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, were presented to:
Adi Apple-Tal
Michal Burstein-Azrieli
Shaked Getraide
Bat Ami Legman
Noa Mazor
Haim Shalom


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, 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. www.huc.edu