HUC-JIR Announces 2012 Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) will bestow 135 degrees at Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York on the Class of 2012's cadre of new Jewish professional leaders for the Reform Movement.  Distinguished communal and civic leaders and alumni will be 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 2012 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.

The College-Institute will award 135 earned degrees:

•    Ordain 35 rabbis (13 men and 22 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
•    Ordain 6 cantors (1 man and 5 women) at Ordination Services in New York;
•    6 Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
•    23 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
•    14 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
•    15 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
•    7 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
•    11 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management;
•    1 Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies;
•    11 Master of Sacred Music degrees;
•    4 Master of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies; and
•    2 Master of Arts degrees in Judaic, 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
Donna Greenfield Adler*
Esther Adler
Richard Mark Baroff*
Joseph Robert Black
Barnett Joseph Brickner
Lester B. Bronstein
Michael S. Datz*
Beth D. Davidson
Billy Dreskin
Louis N. Feldstein*
Jeffrey Loren Glickman
Stephen D. Gold
Jordan E. Goldson
Lynn Goldstein
Donald Goor
Bruce D. Greenbaum
Jason Gwasdoff
Jonathan L. Hecht
David K. Holtz
Uri Goren Itzkovich
Douglas Kohn
David B. Kudan
Susan Eve Laemmle
Alejandro Lilienthal*
Thomas Alan Louchheim
Sarah Jo Messinger
John Nimon
Jeffrey N. Ronald*
Mark Schiftan
Jeffrey J. Sirkman
Marjorie Slome
Cyril Stanway*
Andrew F. Straus
Edward J. Sukol*
Sue Ann Wasserman
David Wolfman

*Awarded at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Founders’ Day on March 28, 2012

Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Wendy J. Autenrieth
Nancy R. Ginsberg
David Michael Goldstein
Audrey Beth Halpern
Aviva Katzman
Allen Leider
David Margules

Communal Service Alumnus – Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa
David R. Levy

Education Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
Elliot Fein, RJE
Melanie Cole Goldberg, RJE
Chani Oppenheim
Harriet Vogel

Graduate Studies Alumni - Graduate Medallion
Jean Ouellette, Ph.D.
C. Hassell Bullock, Ph.D.

 

NEW YORK GRADUATION
Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 11 Iyar 5772 | 4 pm
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | 10 East 66th Street, New York

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, will be presented to:
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism, Graduation Speaker
Professor Jo Kay, Director, New York School of Education, HUC-JIR
Rabbi Stanley Nash, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature, HUC-JIR
Peter J. Weidhorn, Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Trustees, Union for Reform Judaism

The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize will be presented to:
Stumbling Stones
Accepted by Gunter Demnig, Co-Creator

The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award will be presented to:
Gail Twersky Reimer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Jewish Women’s Archive

The Master of Arts in Religious Education will be presented to the following 7 students:
Alyson Sara-Adler Bazeley
Rabbi Nadia Elizabeth Gold
Daniel Aaron Crane Kirzane
Rabbi Sadie Elise Reuben
Judith Yehudit Werchow
Lyle Stuart Rothman
Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner

The Master of Sacred Music
will be presented to the following 11 students:
Nancy Lee Bach
Lauren Michelle Furman
Luke Florian Hawley
Faryn H. Kates
Aviva Kolet
Sarah Rose Krevsky
Andrea Rae Markowicz
Leslie Shana Niren
Lauren Ruth Phillips
Alicia Beth Stillman
Amanda Leigh Winter

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature will be presented to the following 14 students:
Nicole Lyn DeBlosi
Jill Ellen Crimmings
Scott Michael Fox
Joshua Alexander Franklin
Hannah Lilly Goldstein
Amy Eva Goodman
Ilene Harkavy Haigh
Adena Erin Kemper
Lisa Michelle Kingston
David Michael Levin
Sara Pearl Luria
Rachel Melanie Maimin
Joshua Zaslow Stanton
Rachel Elizabeth Van Thyn

 

NEW YORK ORDINATION
Sunday, May 6, 2012 | 14 Iyar 5772 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York

Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Cantor, Central Synagogue, New York; Ordination Speaker

The Roger E. Joseph Prize will be presented to:
Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions
Accepted by Navyn Salem, Executive Director

The following 6 students will be ordained as Cantors:
Tracy Leigh Fishbein
Victoria Anne Glikin
Luke Florian Hawley
Julia Ruth Cadrain Katz
Elana Tamar Rosen-Brown
Michelle Sarah Rubel

The following 14 students will be ordained as Rabbis:

Daniel Solomon Bar-Nahum
Philip Newton-Adler Bazeley
Amy Berenson Cohen
Jillian Rebekah Cameron
Leora Jill Frankel
Jennifer Anne Gubitz
Ilene Ami Harkavy Haigh
Brian Philip Immerman
Marc Corey Cadrain Katz
David Edward Levy
Rachel Grant Meyer
Lyle Stuart Rothman
Evan T. Schultz
David Z. Vaisberg

 

LOS ANGELES ORDINATION
Sunday, May 13, 2012 | 21 Iyar 5772 | 10 am
Temple Israel of Hollywood | 7300 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D., Founding Director, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health; and Steinberg Professor Emeritus of Human Relations and Professor Emeritus of Modern Hebrew Literature and Education, HUC-JIR; Ordination Speaker

The following 8 students will be ordained as Rabbis:

Ilana Alexandra Mills
Keren Gorban
Jessica Yve Gross
Miriam C. Philips
Rebecca Rose Reice
Ilana Lazar Schachter
Rachel Adler
Suzanne Michelle Stone

 

LOS ANGELES GRADUATION
Monday, May 14, 2012 | 22 Iyar 5772 | 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, will be presented to:
Professor Sara S. Lee, Director Emerita, Rhea Hirsch School of Education; Project Leader, Mandel Initiative for Visionary Leadership; and Adjunct Professor Emerita of Jewish Education, HUC-JIR, Graduation Speaker
Rabbi Lewis M. Barth, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Midrash and Related Literature and Former Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles, HUC-JIR
Judith Baskin, Ph.D.,Knight Professor in Humanities and Associate Dean of Humanities, University of Oregon
Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D., Founding Director, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health; and Steinberg Professor Emeritus of Human Relations and Professor Emeritus of Modern Hebrew Literature and Education, HUC-JIR

The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award will be presented to:
Metuka Benjamin,Director of Education, Stephen S. Wise Temple & Schools and Milken Community High School

The Sherut La-Am Award will be presented to:
Rivka Dori, MAHE,Director Emerita of Hebrew Studies, HUC-JIR

The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies will be presented to the following student:
Orly Barad

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management will be presented to the following 11 students:
Amanda Beth Greene
Leah Shari Guskin
Igor Khokhlov
Elenna Michelle King
Jessica Rachel Lebovits
Rachel Fay Levin
Makenzie Javina Means
Matthew Ted Lipton-Schwartz
Hannah Deborah Rubin-Schlanksky
Lauren Michelle Trexler
Luanne Parker Tyzzer

The Master of Arts in Jewish Education will be presented to the following 15 students:
Lisa Ilene Berney
Allison Dorie Fischman
Jaclyn Rachel Fromer
Daniel Natan Kessler Geffen
Amanda Beth Greene
Joshua David Knobel
Sarah Catherine Lauing
Jessica Rachel Lebovits
Rachel Fay Levin
Carmela Blau Rotter
Hannah Deborah Rubin-Schlanksky
Eleanor Beth Steinman
Deana Rae Sussman
Luanne Parker Tyzzer
Adam Michael Wright

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters will be presented to the following 13 students:
Keara Rachelle Cummings
Sydney Fairchild Henning
Rachel Kaplan Marks
Molly Beth Plotnik
Lara Leigh Pullan Regev
Yonatan B. Regev
Jonathan Bradley Rothstein-Fisch
Jason David Rodich
Todd Harris Silverman
Jeremy Joseph Ryszard Simons
Andrew Harvey Terkel
Bess Bridget Wohlner
Auhva Leigh Zaches

 

CINCINNATI ORDINATION
Saturday, June 2, 2012 | 12 Sivan 5772 | 9 am
Plum Street Temple | 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati

Celebrating the Rabbinic Ordination of Women 1972-2012
Special Guest, Rabbi Sally J. Priesand

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Incoming President, Union for Reform Judaism, Ordination Speaker

The following 13 students will be ordained as Rabbis:
Ariel Cara Boxman
Erin Craig Boxt
Jonathan Cohen
Matthew David Cohen
Stephanie Clark Covitz
David Adam Gerber
Rachel Leah Joseph
Jennifer Michele Lader
Maura Hope Linzer
Michal Merraro Loving
Nicole Kauffman Roberts
Samuel Joseph Rose
Anne R. Strauss

 

CINCINNATI GRADUATION
Sunday, June 3, 2012 | 13 Sivan 5772 | 1 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion | 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, will be presented to:
Russell D. Feingold, United States Senator for Wisconsin, 1993-2011, Graduation Speaker
Ruth Behar, Ph.D., Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Rabbi Edward A. Goldman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Israel and Ida Bettan Chair in Midrash and Homiletics, HUC-JIR
Stephen A. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Bible and Cognate Literature, HUC-JIR

The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award will be presented to:
Larry Moses, Senior Philanthropic Advisor and President Emeritus, The Wexner Foundation

The Doctor of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies will be presented to the following 6 students:
Benjamin James Noonan
Brian Paul Gault
Donald Henry Carlson
Brian A. Bompiani
Justin M. Rogers
Sung Jin Park

The Master of Philosophyin Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies will be presented to the following 4 students
Audrey Rhona Korotkin
James Bradford Pate
Ryan Lucas Korstange
Oshrat Morag

The Master of Arts in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies will be presented to the following 2 students:
Shane P. Cass
Jordan Wesley Jones

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters will be presented to the following 10 students:
Stephanie Clark Covitz
Brent Phillip Gutmann
Jordan R. Helfman
Meredith Faye Kahan
Jon D. Kleinman
Jason Ross Levine
Ariel Sol Lorge
Jessica Huettner Rosenthal
David Leon Spinrad
James Avi Stoloff


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