HUC-JIR/New York Graduation and Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies 2011
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York held Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 4 pm and Investiture & Ordination Ceremonies on Sunday, May 8, 2011 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 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; ordained the Rabbinical Class of 2011; and invested the Cantorial Class of 2011.
Click here to view the National Ordination/Investiture/Graduation press release.
Click here to view the invitation.
NEW YORK GRADUATION
Thursday, May 5, 2011 | 1 Iyar 5771 | 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:
Rabbi Arthur Green, Ph.D., Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion; Rector, Rabbinical School, Hebrew College; Graduation Speaker. Click here to read Rabbi Green's Graduation Address.
Barbara B. Dobkin, Chair, Board of Trustees, American Jewish World Service; Founder, Mayan, The Jewish Women’s Project; Founding Chair, The Jewish Women’s Archive; Founding Chair, Hadassah Foundation
Jack Gottlieb, z”l, posthumously; Composer and Professor of Music, The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, HUC-JIR/New York
Rabbi Leonard S. Kravitz, Ph.D., Professor of Midrash and Homiletics, HUC-JIR/New York
Philip E. Miller, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, The Klau Library, HUC-JIR/New York
The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize was presented to:
Dr. Rick Hodes, Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award was presented to:
Dr. Samuel “Skip” Vichness, Senior Partner, Quality Camping Properties; Managing Partner, GreyLine LLC
Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Charles L. Arian
Judith Ellen Cohen-Rosenberg
Marc L. Disick
Ellen A. Greenspan
M. Bruce Lustig
David J. Meyer
Nina J. Mizrahi
Joshua Eli Plaut
Karen A. Soria
Paula Jayne Winnig
Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Roslyn Jhunever Barak
Bette W. Cohen
Communal Service Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa
Education Alumni - Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Deena Bloomstone, RJE
The Doctor of Hebrew Letters was presented to the following student:
Rabbi Richard Alan Davis
The Doctor of Ministry was presented to the following student:
Rabbi Laurie Braun
The Master of Arts in Judaic Studies was presented to the following 2 students:
The Master of Arts in Religious Education was presented to the following 8 students:
The Master of Sacred Music was presented to the following 5 students:
Julia Rubin-Cadrain Katz
The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was presented to the following student:
Dena Wachtel Stein
The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature was presented to the following 14 students:
Rachel Grant Meyer
NEW YORK INVESTITURE AND ORDINATION
Sunday, May 8, 2011 | 4 Iyar 5771 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality; Ordination Speaker. Click here to read Rabbi Cowan's Investiture and Ordination Address.
The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to:
ATZUM and Rabbi Levi Lauer, Founding Executive Director
The following 6 students were invested as Cantors:
The following 12 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Please note that all degrees are pending completion of all requirements.
The College-Institute will award 119 earned degrees at its Graduation/Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies in New York, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati:
• 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 the nation’s oldest 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 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 history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.