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HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies 2011

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles held Ordination Ceremonies on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10 am and Graduation Ceremonies on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 3 pm.  Ordination Ceremonies took place at Wilshire Boulevard Temple (3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles) and Graduation Ceremonies took place at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles).

Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, “The Class of 2011 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, nonprofit management 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; and ordained the Rabbinical Class of 2011:

Sunday, May 15, 2011 | 11 Iyar 5771 | 10 am
Wilshire Boulevard Temple | 3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Rabbi David Ellenson,Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR; Ordination Speaker

The following 13 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Rachel Ellen Ackerman
Ethan D. Bair
Sarah Janine Bassin
Arlene Sandra Bernstein
Stephanie Elyse Kramer
Samantha Erin Orshan Kahn
Jordana Battis Schuster
Matthew Beaumont Carlyle Shapiro
Jacob Matthew Singer-Beilin
Rebekah Pechman Stern
Heath Adam Watenmaker
Dvora E. Weisberg
Julia Atlas Weisz

Click here to view the Capstone projects of the Ordination Class of 2011.

Monday, May 16, 2011 | 12 Iyar 5771 | 3 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion | Jack H. Skirball Campus | 3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
C.L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California
Howard Friedman, Chair, Skirball Cultural Center; National Civic Leader

Click here to read the Graduation address presented by C.L. Max Nikias.

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Eve Ben-Ora
Marc S. Blumenthal
Robert Daum
David Wechsler-Azen

Communal Service Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa
Daniel M. Rothblatt

Education Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Debra A. Cohn, RJE
Lesley M. Silverstone, RJE

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was presented to the following 7 students:
Samantha Orshan Khan
Rachel Elizabeth Kinkade
Julia Rebecca Malkin
Lauren Shelby Friedman
Rebecca Mya Goldberg
Shira Tal Landau
Dalia Sahar Safaradi

The Master of Arts in Jewish Education was presented to the following 7 students:
Joel Abramovitz
Laura Abrasley
Jordana Chernow-Reader
Matthew Dreffin
Aimee Irshay
Callie Souther
Greg Weisman

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 9 students:
Sara Abrams
Laura Abrasley
Lisa Berney
Arlene Bernstein
Daniel Brook
Jaclyn Fromer
Joshua Knobel
Deana Sussman
Adam Wright

Please note that all degrees are pending completion of all requirements.

The College-Institute will award 119 earned degrees:

•    Ordain 35 rabbis (10 men and 25 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
•    Invest 6 cantors (3 men and 3 women) at Investiture Services in New York;
•    1 Doctor of Ministry degree;
•    1 Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree;
•    3 Doctor of Philosophy degrees;
•    2 Pre-doctoral Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Studies
•    25 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
•    14 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
•    7 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
•    8 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
•    8 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management;
•    2 Master of Arts degrees in Judaic Studies;
•    5 Master of Sacred Music degrees; and
•    2 Master of Philosophy degrees in Hebraic and Cognate Studies.

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.