Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion/Cincinnati awarded prizes to outstanding students at Graduation
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati,
awarded prizes for outstanding academic achievement, community involvement,
and sermon delivery during its graduation ceremony held on May 30,
2002 at Isaac M. Wise Temple in Amberley Village. Rabbi Kenneth
E. Ehrlich, Dean of Cincinnati Campus of HUC-JIR, announced the
prize recipients during the ceremony and later commented, “We are
proud of all of our students and we congratulate those whose special
achievements we were able to recognize this evening; and, we recognize
with deepest gratitude those whose generous endorsement of our efforts
make these prizes possible.”
Three prizes were awarded for academic achievement. JONATHAN ROOS
AND LAUREN WERBER shared the SIMON LAZARUS MEMORIAL PRIZE for that
student of the graduating class who upon the recommendation of the
faculty has attained the highest academic standing. JOSHUA GARROWAY
received the NATHAN STERN PRIZE to be awarded to the student who
completes the program leading to the degree of Master of Arts with
the highest academic standing. DAVID EVERSON AND DEBRA WRIGHT shared
the B'NAI ZION HEBREW AWARD to be awarded to a rabbinical\graduate
student who, in the judgment of the faculty, has achieved the highest
proficiency in Hebrew.
Five prizes were awarded for community involvement. ALAN COOK
AND VICTORIA TUCKMAN shared the ROBERT L. ADLER PRIZE awarded to
a rabbinical student on the Cincinnati campus who best exemplifies
Robert Adler’s values in making contributions to the community.
JEREMY BARRAS received the FERDINAND M. ISSERMAN PRIZE awarded to
the senior rabbinical student who in the judgment of the faculty
contributes the most toward the development of community relations.
DANIEL PLOTKIN AND SCOTT NAGEL shared the RABBI FREDERICK C. SCHWARTZ
PRIZE awarded to a rabbinical student who in the judgment of the
faculty has made the most significant contribution to furthering
the goals and objectives of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations’
camping system for youth and NFTY. BINAH WING received the STEPHEN
N. LEVINSON MEMORIAL PRIZE to be awarded to that member of the senior
class who has rendered the most significant service to HUC-JIR and
its student body. KAREN COMPANEZ, DEBRA KASSOFF, JONATHAN ROOS AND
VICTORIA TUCKMAN shared the WOMEN OF REFORM JUDAISM CENTENNIAL PRIZE
to be awarded to that rabbinic, education, or communal service student
whose academic and professional record at HUC-JIR indicates, in
the judgment of the faculty, the greatest contribution made toward
the expansion and development of the role of women in Judaism.
Three prizes were awarded for sermon delivery. KAREN COMPANEZ
received the ISRAEL BETTAN MEMORIAL PRIZE to be awarded to that
senior student who has been most creative and imaginative in his/her
pulpit presentation. JONATHAN ROOS received the CORA KAHN PRIZE
to be awarded to that graduating senior whose sermon delivery and
oratory are considered best during his/her senior year. JOSHUA GARROWAY
received the RABBI MORRIS H. YOUNGERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE to be awarded
for the best sermon preached in the Chapel during the academic year.
During graduation, Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR,
conferred Doctor of Philosophy degrees upon Eldon Clem, Hélène M.
Dallaire, John M. Engle, Robert M. Gerth, Joshua L. Moss, and Karla
R. Suomala. In addition, Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters was conferred
upon Pamela W. Barr, Jeremy A. Barras, Karen N. Bodney, Alan S.
Cook, Kari H. Field, Joshua D. Garroway, Eric S. Goldberg, Clauio
J. Kogan, M.D., Anne Persin, Yair D. Robinson, Jonathan S. Siger,
and Phyllis A. Sommer. Master of Arts was conferred upon Stephen
N. Self and David B. Smith. Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and
Cognate Studies was conferred upon Aurelian Botica, John D. Brolley,
Jeffrey L. Cooley, N. Blake Hearson, and In Seh Lee.
The College-Institute bestowed Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris
causa, upon Dr. Bernard Reisman, founding director of the Brandeis
Adult Learning Institute, the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal
Service, and the Fisher/Bernstein Institute for Leadership in Jewish
Philanthropy at Brandeis University; Dr. Eric Friedland, Sanders
Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies with a joint appointment at
University of Dayton, United Theological Seminary, Antioch College,
and Wright State University; and Ms. Ruth Gay, researcher and author,
whose works include The Jews of Germany: A Historical Portrait and
Unfinished People: Jewish Immigrants to the United States: 1880-1914.