HUC-JIR Announces 2013 Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) bestowed 138 degrees at Graduation and Ordination Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York on the Class of 2013's cadre of new Jewish professional leaders for the Reform Movement.  Distinguished communal and civic leaders and alumni were 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, stated, “The Class of 2013 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 awarded 138 earned degrees:

  • Ordained 31 rabbis (15 men and 16 women) at Ordination Services in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York;
  • Ordained 10 cantors (10 women) at Ordination Services in New York;
  • 7 Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
  • 4 Doctor of Ministry degrees
  • 22 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters;
  • 11 Master of Arts degrees in Hebrew Literature;
  • 11 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Education;
  • 8 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education;
  • 16 Master of Arts degrees in Religious Education from the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education
  • 8 Master of Arts degrees in Jewish Nonprofit Management;
  • 4 Master of Sacred Music degrees;
  • 4 Master of Philosophy degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies;
  • 2 Master of Arts degrees in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies.

All degrees granted upon completion of all requirements.

 

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

Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
David Boorstein Cohen
Kathy Schwartz Cohen*
Dan Danson
Lucy H.F. Dinner*
Denise L. Eger
Amy Ehrlich
Steven W. Engel
Daniel B. Fink
Janice Garfunkel*
Rosette Barrom Haim
Sharyn Henry*
Jonathan R. Katz
Beth Klafter, RJE
David C. Levy, RJE
David A. Lipper*
Janet B. Liss, D.Min.
Susan Marks, Ph.D.
Lon Alan Moskowitz
Jack P. Paskoff
Marcia Plumb
Laura Rappaport
Susan Rheins*
Gary Joel Robuck*
Isaac Daniel Serotta, RJE
Arnold Meyer Sleutelberg
Eric Scott Wittstein
Elaine Zecher
Marcia A. Zimmerman

*Awarded at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Founders’ Day on March 21, 2013

Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa
Karen Faith Braunstein
Laura Therese Croen
Peter Malcolm Halpern
Lisa R. Hest
Evan Kent
Jodi Meg Schechtman
William S. Wood, M.A.

Communal Service Alumnus – Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa
Deborah Burg-Schnirman, M.S.W., M.A.J.C.S.

Education Alumni – Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa
Bradley R. Gerstle, RJE
Joanne Barrington Lipshutz, RJE
Julie Anne Vanek, RJE

Graduate Studies Alumnus - Graduate Medallion
Jean Ouellette, Ph.D.

 

NEW YORK GRADUATION
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 22 Iyar 5773 | 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:
Arnold M. Eisen, Ph.D., Chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Graduation Speaker. Read Chancellor Eisen's address.
Byron Janis, Internationally Renowned Pianist and Humanitarian
Naomi Levine, J.D., Chair and Executive Director, The George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, New York University
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D., Past President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize was presented to:
Robert L. Bernstein, Founder, Advancing Human Rights. Read Mr. Bernstein's response.

The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award was presented to:
Carolyn Starman Hessel, Director, Jewish Book Council; Founder, Jewish Book Network

The Certificate of Recognition was presented to:
Rabbi Renni S. Altman, Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical Program, HUC-JIR/New York

The Doctor of Ministry was presented to the following 4 students:
Laurence Joel Bazer
Peggy Desrosiers
Edith Michele Meyerson
Nadia A. Siritsky

The Master of Arts in Religious Education
was presented to the following 8 students:
Ze’ev Aviezer
Ariel Cara Boxman
Amanda Meredith Farb
Adena Erin Kemper
Maura Hope Linzer
Nina Anne Loftspring
Samuel David Pearlson
Rabbi Liz Rolle

The Master of Arts in Religious Education from the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education was presented to the following 16 students:
Deborah Yochim Bram
David Loren Cohen
Tamara Mirna Donnenfeld
Heather Erez
Sharon Joy Forman-Toll
Michael Greenfield
Valerie Hoffman Klein
Robin Jill Adelman Leszner
Deborah Ellen Massarano
Barbara F. Merson
Dana Kanter Prottas
Magdalena Fossner Reyes
Stacy Hileman Rosenthal
Judith Kahan Rowland
Jill Allenberg Stepak
Leah Marion Wolff-Pellingra

The Master of Sacred Music
was presented to the following 4 students:
Joshua Gavin Finkel
Alison Marya Lopatin
David Katz Mintz
Rachel Harrison Rhodes

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature was presented to the following 11 students:
Joshua Isaac Beraha
Brandon I. Bernstein
Daniel Natan Kessler Geffen
Jodie Melissa Gordon
Daniel Aaron Crane Kirzane
Kelly Lynn Levy
Elizabeth Dorothy Miller
Ethan Robert Bloch Prosnit
Adam L. Scheldt
Allison Helen Tick
Jonah Benjamin Zinn

Read more about New York Graduation and Ordination. 

 

NEW YORK ORDINATION
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 25 Iyar 5773 | 9 am
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York | Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York

Rabbi David M. Posner, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, Ordination Speaker. Read Rabbi Posner's address.

The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to:
Maestro James Conlon, Internationally Renowned Conductor; Founder, “Recovered Voices” Project and OREL Foundation.  Read Maestro Conlon's address.

On the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Roger E. Joseph Prize, the Joseph Family and friends have published a commemorative volume that pays tribute to the enduring vision and values of Roger E. Joseph. Learn more.

The following 10 students were ordained as Cantors:
Nancy Lee Bach
Lauren Michelle Furman
Faryn Hope Kates
Sarah Rose Krevsky
Aviva Kolet Marer
Andrea Rae Markowicz
Leslie Shana Niren
Lauren Ruth Phillips
Alicia Beth Stillman
Amanda Leigh Winter

The following 13 students were ordained as Rabbis:

Jill Ellen Crimmings
Nicole Lyn DeBlosi
Scott Michael Fox
Joshua Alexander Franklin
Hannah Lilly Goldstein
Amy Eva Goodman
Lisa Michelle Kingston
David Michael Levin
Sara Pearl Luria
Rachel Melanie Maimin
Adam L. Scheldt
Joshua Zaslow Stanton
Rachel Elizabeth Van Thyn

Read more about New York Graduation and Ordination. 

 

LOS ANGELES ORDINATION
Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 10 Sivan 5773 | 10 am
Temple Israel of Hollywood | 7300 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Rabbi Donald M. Goor, Temple Judea, Tarzana, California, Ordination Speaker. Read Rabbi Goor's address.

The following 8 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Sara R. Abrams
Laura Jan Abrasley
Matthew David Dreffin
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi
Aimee Lauren Irshay
Sydney F. Henning
Callie B. Souther
Gregory Benjamin Weisman

 

LOS ANGELES GRADUATION
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 11 Sivan 5773 | 3 pm
University of Southern California | Bovard Auditorium | 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Mark Yudof, LL.B., President, University of California, Graduation Speaker. Read President Yudof's address.

The Master of Arts in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies
was presented to the following student:
Sarah Elizabeth Rapaport

The Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management
was presented to the following 8 students:
Brian Jason Avner
Sarah Rae Craemer
Natalie Paige Davidowitz
Natalie Farahan
Aaron Gorodzinsky
Samira Setareh
Mindy Fay Sherry
Daniel Aron Tarle

The Master of Arts in Jewish Education was presented to the following 11 students:
Brian Jason Avner
Natalie Paige Davidowitz
Rachel Kaplan Marks
Kyna Elizabeth Mednick
Molly Beth Plotnik
Tarlan Rahel Rabizadeh
Lara Leigh Pullan Regev
Mindy Fay Sherry
Todd Harris Silverman
Rochelle Joy Tulik
Bess Bridget Wohlner

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters
was presented to the following 13 students:
Ashley Diane Berns
Micah Samuel Ellenson
Miriam Shira Farber
Allie Dorie Fischman
Amanda Beth Greene
Dusty Rose Klass
Jay Asher Levine
Jason Samuel Rosner
Gavriella S. Ruit
Samuel Louis Spector
Daniel L. Utley
Beni Wajnberg
Zachary Ira Zysman

 

CINCINNATI ORDINATION
Saturday, June 8, 2013 | 30 Sivan 5773 | 9 am
Plum Street Temple | 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati

Rabbi Jonah Pesner,
Senior Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism, Ordination Speaker

The following 10 students were ordained as Rabbis:
Brent Phillip Gutmann
Jordan Ryan Helfman
Meredith Faye Kahan
Jon D. Kleinman
Jason Ross Levine
Ariel S. Lorge
Jessica Huettner Rosenthal
Phillip Justin Schwartz
David Leon Spinrad
James Avi Stoloff

 

CINCINNATI GRADUATION
Sunday, June 9, 2013 | 1 Tamuz 5773 | 2 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion | Scheuer Chapel | 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati

Dr. David Ilan, Director, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Graduation Speaker. Read Dr. Ilan's address.

The Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was presented to:
Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (ret.), Senior Fellow in Health Policy at the New America Foundation, Washington, DC
The Right Honourable Herb Gray, Former Chancellor, Carleton University
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis, IN

The Presidents’ Medallion was presented to:
Rabbi Everett Gendler, In recognition of a lifetime of commitment to social justice and environmentalism

The Doctor of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following 7 students:
Peter Joseph Bekins
Brian Todd Bernius
Elaine Asher Bernius
Thomas James Beyl
Alexander V. Bolotnikov
Andrew C. Pfeiffer
Kari Hofmaister Tuling

The Master of Philosophy in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following 4 students:
Sarah Elizabeth Bollinger
Matthew Aaron Semler
Paul Martin Chemnitz Elliott
Nicholas Robert Matthews

The Master of Arts in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies was presented to the following student:
Rebecca Louise Harris

The Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was presented to the following 9 students:
Rachel Kay Bearman
Carolan Clark Glatstein
Joshua David Herman
Marc Frederick Kasten
Monica Simone Meyer
Eric D. Mollo
Ariel Gilad Naveh
Jordan Michael Ottenstein
Matthew J. Zerwekh


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation'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


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