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Wednesday, April 20, 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.


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 SpeakerClick 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
Shira Milgrom
Nina J. Mizrahi
Joshua Eli Plaut
Karen A. Soria
Paula Jayne Winnig

Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Roslyn Jhunever Barak
Marina Belenky
Suzanne Bernstein
Bette W. Cohen
Ellen Dreskin
Debra Stein
Meredith Stone

Communal Service Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa
Jackie Jakubowski

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:
Carl Mankowitz
Brigitte Sion

The Master of Arts in Religious Education was presented to the following 8 students:
Amy Berenson
Hope Chernak
Jill Crimmings
Jennifer Gertman
Hannah Goldstein
Gavin Hirsch
Galina Paliy
Adam Scheldt

The Master of Sacred Music was presented to the following 5 students:
Tracy Fishbein
Vicky Glikin
Julia Rubin-Cadrain Katz
Elana Rosen-Brown
Michelle Rubel

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:
Daniel Bar-Nahum
Philip Bazeley
Amy Berenson
Jill Cameron
Leora Frankel
Carole Gould
Jennifer Gubitz
Brian Immerman
Marc Katz
David Levy
Rachel Grant Meyer
Lyle Rothman
Evan Schultz
David Vaisberg

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 SpeakerClick 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:
Joshua Breitzer
Melanie Cooperman
David Frommer
Jamie Marx
Mary Thomas
Cheryl Wunch

The following 12 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Lauren Ben-Shoshan
Carla Fenves
Diana Fersko
Carole Gould
Kimberly Herzog
Cassi Kail
Molly Kane
Ann Landowne
Nicole Luna
Sara Newman
Jonathan Prosnit
Mara Young

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 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.