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HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Awards Summer Degrees

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Sitting:  Rachel Levin, Mindy Sherry, Lauren Trexler, Elenna King, Leah Guskin, Amanda Greene, Natalie Davidowitz
Standing:  Richard Siegel, Makenzie Means, Samira Setareh, Lisa Berney, Dr. John Ruskay, Matthew Lipton-Schwartz, Hannah Rubin-Schlansky, Igor Khokhlov, Jessica Lebovits, Lori Klein.


Fourteen students from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (SJNM) gathered on August 2, 2011 in Los Angeles to receive Graduate Certificates in Jewish Nonprofit Management. They were honored during a ceremony at the Jack H. Skirball Campus that featured Dr. John S. Ruskay, President and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, as the Culmination Speaker and Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence.

Ruskay, who is head of the largest Federation in the United States, spoke of the exciting future awaiting each of the students: “Those culminating today will lead congregations, Hebrew schools, camps, Jewish communal agencies, and agencies that are today only ideas; agencies that will be challenged to become models of inspired Jewish living. Each of you will be called upon to inspire people to create Jewish lives of meaning; to engage in Jewish learning and service.”

SJNM Director Richard Siegel and SJNM Associate Director Lori Klein presented the Certificates to the following students:

Lisa I. Berney
Natalie Paige Davidowitz
Amanda Beth Greene
Leah Shari Guskin
Igor Khokhlov
Elenna Michelle King
Jessica Rachel Lebovits
Rachel Levin
Matthew T. Lipton-Schwartz
Makenzie Javina Means
Hannah Deborah Rubin-Schlansky
Samira Setareh
Mindy Fay Sherry
Lauren Trexler

To read the entirety of Ruskay’s address, entitled, “Embracing and Resisting Change: What’s Abiding?” click here. Culmination remarks made by student Jessica Lebovits are available here.

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.