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HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies 2011

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati held Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm and Ordination Ceremonies on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 9 am.  Graduation Ceremonies took place at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati) and Ordination Ceremonies took place at Plum Street Temple (726 Plum Street, Cincinnati).

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:

Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 15 Iyar 5771 | 7:30 pm
Isaac M. Wise Temple | 8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Dr. Marc Saperstein, Principal, Leo Baeck College; Graduation Speaker
Thomas G. Cody, Retired Vice Chairman, Macy’s Inc.
Professor Samuel Greengus, Morgenstern Professor Emeritus of Bible and Near Eastern Literature, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr., Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH
Professor Michael Morgan, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Indiana University

Click here to read Dr. Saperstein's Graduation Address.

The Sherut L’Am Award was presented to:
Jerry Tanenbaum, Chairman, Yad B’Yad Task Force, World Union for Progressive Judaism; Governor Emeritus, HUC-JIR

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Steven A. Ballaban
Marc J. Belgrad
Bradd H. Boxman
Sue Levi Elwell
Stephen Hart
Ruth Langer
Devon Lerner
Cilfford E. Librach
Margaret J. Meyer
Linda Jean Motzkin
Jordan Parr
Jonathan Rubenstein
Julie S. Schwartz
Paul Yedwab

Graduate Studies Alumni - Founders’ Medallion
Betty J. Lillie, Ph.D.
The Reverend Marilyn Salmon, Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy was presented to the following 3 students:
John Charles Halton IV
Nancy Lynn Erickson
Grant Eldred Testut

The Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies was presented to the following 2 students:
Andrew C. Pfeiffer
Stephen Douglas Ring

The Pre-doctoral M.A. in Jewish Studies was presented to the following 2 students:
Jill Abromowitz Gutmann
John C. Johnson

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 16 students:
Jessica Karpay Barolsky
Daniel Simon Bogard
Karen Kriger Bogard
Ariel Cara Boxman
Erin C. Boxt
Matthew David Cohen
Elana Rose Dellal
David A. Gerber
Jennifer Michele Lader
Maura Hope Linzer
Michal Merraro Loving
Aaron Cadman Meyer
Nicole Kauffman Roberts
Samuel Joseph Rose
Phillip Justin Schwartz
Anne Rebecca Strauss

Saturday, May 21, 2011 | 17 Iyar 5771 | 9 am
Plum Street Temple | 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati

Dr. Edward Goldman,
Bettan Chair Emeritus in Midrash and Homiletics, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati; Ordination Speaker

Click here to read Dr. Goldman's Ordination Address.

The following 10 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Jessica Karpay Barolsky
Sandra Mokuvos Bellush
Daniel Simon Bogard
Elana Rose Dellal
Laila Estelle Haas
Karen Kriger Bogard
Joshua Craig Leighton
Aaron Cadman Meyer
Aaron David Schulman Miller
Ariel David Plost

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 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.