HUC-JIR Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Los Angeles

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) held Los Angeles Ordination Ceremonies on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Temple Israel of Hollywood and Los Angeles Graduation Ceremonies on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at our Jack H. Skirball Campus.  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, educators, nonprofit professionals, and scholars 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.

 

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; presented the Ordination address.  Click here to read his address.

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, presented the Graduation address.  Click here to read her address. 

 

HUC-JIR alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service:

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Jordan E. Goldson
Donald Goor
Bruce D. Greenbaum
Jason Gwasdoff
Douglas Kohn
Thomas Alan Louchheim
Mark Schiftan
Andrew F. Straus

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
 

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. Click here to read his address.

The following 8 students were 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, was 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. Click here to read her address.
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 was presented to:
Metuka Benjamin, Director of Education, Stephen S. Wise Temple & Schools and Milken Community High School

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

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

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management was 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 was 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 was 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


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