HUC-JIR's 2011 Graduation/Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies : Bring Forth New Leaders for the Reform Movement

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) bestowed 119 degrees at Graduation/Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York on the Class of 2011's cadre of new Jewish professional leaders for the Reform Movement.  Distinguished communal and civic leaders and alumni were awarded with honorary degrees and prizes in recognition of their service to Reform congregations and North American Jewry, and in honor of their humanitarian work.  

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.” HUC-JIR is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism.

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The College-Institute awarded 119 earned degrees:

•    Ordained 35 rabbis (10 men and 25 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
•    Invested 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.

All degrees are granted upon completion of all requirements.

HUC-JIR alumni will be awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service, as well as the Founders' Medallion, in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service:

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Charles L. Arian
Steven A. Ballaban
Marc J. Belgrad
Eve Ben-Ora
Marc S. Blumenthal
Bradd H. Boxman
Judith E. Cohen-Rosenberg
Robert A. Daum
Marc L. Disick
Sue Levi Elwell
Ellen A. Greenspan
Stephen Hart
Ruth Langer
Devon A. Lerner
Clifford E. Librach
M. Bruce Lustig
David J. Meyer
Margaret J. Meyer
Shira Milgrom
Nina J. Mizrahi
Linda Jean Motzkin
Jordan Matthew Parr
Joshua Eli Plaut
Jonathan Rubenstein
Julie S. Schwartz
Karen A. Soria
David Wechsler-Azen
Paula Jayne Winnig
Paul Yedwab

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
Daniel M. Rothblatt

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

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

 

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 his 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

The Doctor of Hebrew Letters was presented to the following student:
Rabbi Richard 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

 

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 her 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 Aaron Breitzer
Melanie Sarah Cooperman
David Peller Frommer
Brian Jamie Marx
Mary Rebecca Thomas
Cheryl Anita Wunch

The following 12 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Lauren Blasingame Pack Ben-Shoshan
Carla Fenves
Diana L. Fersko
Carole Gould
Kimberly Herzog Cohen
Cassi Beth Kail
Molly Gabriella Kane
Ann Elizabeth Landowne
Nicole Simone Luna
Sara Lynn Newman
Jonathan Isaac Bloch Prosnit
Mara Ellen Young

 

LOS ANGELES ORDINATION
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
Jordana Schuster Battis
Arlene Sandra Bernstein
Stephanie Elyse Kramer
Samantha Erin Orshan Kahn
Matthew Beaumont Carlyle Shapiro
Jacob Matthew Singer-Beilin
Rebekah Pechman Stern
Heath Adam Watenmaker
Dvora E. Weisberg
Julia Atlas Weisz

LOS ANGELES GRADUATION
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, Ph.D., President, University of Southern California, Graduation Speaker - Click here to read his address.
Howard I. Friedman, Chair, Skirball Cultural Center; National Civic Leader

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was presented to the following 7 students:
Samantha Orshan Kahn
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

 

CINCINNATI GRADUATION
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, will be presented to:
Rabbi Marc Saperstein, Ph.D., Principal, Leo Baeck College; Graduation Speaker - Click here to read his address.
Thomas G. Cody, Retired Vice Chairman, Macy’s Inc.
Professor Samuel Greengus, Ph.D., Morgenstern Professor Emeritus of Bible and Near Eastern Literature, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr., Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH
Rabbi Michael Morgan, Ph.D., Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Indiana University

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

The Doctor of Philosophy will be 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 will be presented to the following 2 students:
Andrew C. Pfeiffer
Stephen Douglas Ring

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

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters will be 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

CINCINNATI ORDINATION
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 his address.

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


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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 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