HUC-JIR Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in New York

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) held New York Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, May 3, 2012 and New York Ordination Ceremonies on Sunday, May 6, 2012, both at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.  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, and educators, 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 Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism, presented the New York Graduation address.
Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Cantor, Central Synagogue, New York, presented the New York Ordination address. Click here to read her address. Click here to watch her address.

 

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, was presented to:
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism, Graduation Speaker. Click here to read his address.
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 was presented to:
Stumbling Stones
Accepted by Gunter Demnig, Co-Creator

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

HUC-JIR alumni were awarded with honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education:

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
Esther Adler
Joseph Robert Black
Barnett Joseph Brickner
Lester B. Bronstein
Beth D. Davidson
Billy Dreskin
Jeffrey Loren Glickman
Stephen D. Gold
Lynn Goldstein
Jonathan L. Hecht
David K. Holtz
Uri Goren Itzkovich
David B. Kudan
Susan Eve Laemmle
Sarah Jo Messinger
John Nimon
Jeffrey J. Sirkman
Marjorie Slome
Sue Ann Wasserman
David Wolfman

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

Education Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Harriet Vogel

 

The Master of Arts in Religious Education was 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
was 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 was 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; served as the Ordination Speaker. Click here to read her address. Click here to watch her address.

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

The following 6 students were 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 were 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

 

Click here to read the National Graduation and Ordination press release.


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