Ordination and Academic Convocation at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR held its Ordination and Academic Convocation on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 13 King David Street, Jerusalem, Israel.

Seven new Israeli Reform rabbis were ordained: Esteban Gottfried, Na'ama Dafni-Kellen, Yehudit (Judith) Werchow, Or Zohar, Uri Lam, Gadi Raviv, and Tlalit Shavit. Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, stated “These new rabbis represent the future of religious pluralism in the Jewish State, as they advance the synagogues, institutions, and schools of the Progressive Movement in Israel. While reflecting a diversity of life experience representative of the Jewish people worldwide, these seven ordinees share a sacred mission to assure a vital Jewish future.” Read More

Honorary degrees were awarded by Rabbi Ellenson to Israeli leaders in jurisprudence, religious institutions, educational organizations, scholars, and social activists: Rabbi Moshe Yehudai, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff, Avraham Infeld, and President (ret.) of the Supreme Court of Israel Dorit Beinisch. Read More

Dorit Beinisch presented the Ordination and Academic Convocation Address in absentia. Read her address.

Certificates for graduates in Pluralistic Jewish Education, part of the Master’s Program in Jewish Education in partnership with the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University, were presented to: Lior Argaman, Smadar Bielik, Michal Berman, Noga Brenner Samia, Ofer Lichtig, and Eliraz Shifman-Berman. Read More

Certificates for graduates of the Sugyot Chaim – Life Texts for Pastoral Care, a Talmudic Bibliotherapy Program sponsored by the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, were presented to: Ronit Erez, Liora Hacohen, Ruth Yaglom, Sara Lvovich Mehaudy, Bilha Merom, Laiki Saban, Yael Omer, Carmit Pizem, Fern Kadoshy, Hodaya Kantarowitz Wachtel, Tlalit Shavit, and Yali Shner. Read More


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