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Friday, May 24, 2013

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) held New York Graduation on Thursday, May 2, 2013 and New York Ordination on Sunday, May 5, 2013, both at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. HUC-JIR bestowed degrees 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.”

Arnold M. Eisen, Ph.D., Chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary, presented the New York Graduation address. Read Chancellor Eisen's address.

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


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:

The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize was presented to:

The American Jewish Distinguished Service Award was presented to:

The Certificate of Recognition was presented to:

HUC-JIR alumni were awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity and Music in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service:

     Rabbinical Alumni – Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa

  • David Boorstein Cohen
  • Dan Danson
  • Amy Ehrlich
  • Rosette Barrom Haim
  • Jonathan R. Katz
  • Beth Klafter, RJE
  • David C. Levy, RJE
  • Janet B. Liss, D.Min.
  • Susan Marks, Ph.D.
  • Jack P. Paskoff
  • Marcia Plumb
  • Laura Rappaport
  • Arnold Meyer Sleutelberg
  • Eric Scott Wittstein
  • Elaine Zecher
  • Marcia A. Zimmerman

     Cantorial Alumni – Doctor of Music, honoris causa

  • Karen Faith Braunstein
  • Laura Therese Croen
  • Peter Malcolm Halpern
  • Lisa R. Hest
  • Jodi Meg Schechtman
  • William S. Wood, M.A.

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


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

The Roger E. Joseph Prize was presented to:

  • Maestro James Conlon, Internationally Renowned Conductor; Founder, “Recovered Voices” Project and OREL Foundation

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


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Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, 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.