Culmination Exercises of the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
Back row (from left): Dr. Sarah Benor, Yoni Regev, Natalie Farahan, Larry Moses, Richard Siegel, Aaron Gorodzinsky, Brian Avner, Mandi Richardson; Front row: Daniel Brook, Sarah Craemer, Andrew Terkel, Adam Wright, Rae Antonoff, Daniel Tarle
Ten students from HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (SJNM) received Graduate Certificates in Jewish Nonprofit Management on August 7, 2012 in Los Angeles. They were honored during a ceremony at the Jack H. Skirball Campus that featured Larry S. Moses, Senior Philanthropic Advisor and President Emeritus of the Wexner Foundation, as the Culmination Speaker and Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. The Wexner Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing Jewish leadership.
Moses defined leadership as the ability to effect change and emphasized to the graduates that the community will need their leadership, new dreams and visions to carry it forward. “To rebuild Jewish life, to breathe new life into tired institutions and to have the courage to create entirely new and different institutions, your capacity to continually learn will be the most decisive factor,” he said.
SJNM Director Richard Siegel and SJNM Associate Director Mandi Richardson presented the Certificates to the following students:
Rachel Elizabeth Antonoff
Brian Jason Avner
Sarah Rae Craemer
Daniel Aron Tarle
Andrew Harvey Terkel
Adam Michael Wright
Craemer provided the d’var Torah and Avner offered reflections from the Culmination class.
Click here to read the entirety of Moses’s address, entitled, “A Conspiracy of Learning."
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