Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Graduation, Ordination, and Investiture Advisory
New York, NY
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to
announce the ordination, investiture, graduate, and honorary degree
recipients of the Class of 2002. HUC-JIR, the nation's oldest institution
of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional
development center of Reform Judaism, trains men and women for service
to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal
service professionals and offers graduate and post-graduate degree
programs for scholars of all faiths.
The graduating class consists of a diverse and unique student
body, including a documentary film maker, a former tour guide in
Israel, a former environmental lawyer, a ceramics artist and founder
of a congregation in St. Paul, Minnesota, and students who run the
HUC-JIR soup kitchen, which feeds 200 homeless people every Monday
The ceremonies will reach across movement lines within Judaism
and across denominations when presenting honorary degrees and the
annual Roger E. Joseph Prize. HUC-JIR will award honorary degrees
to the Chancellors of the Conservative Movement's Jewish Theological
Seminary of America, Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, and Orthodox Judaism's
Bar-Ilan University in Israel, Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, as
well as the President Emeritus of the United Jewish Communities,
Stephen Solender, and the Founding Director of the Brookdale
Center of Gerontology of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter
College, Dr. Rose Dobrof. The Roger E. Joseph Prize will
be awarded to Father Mychal Judge posthumously and The
City of New York Fire Department.
GRADUATION - MAY 9, 2002
Seventeen students (10 men, 7 women) will receive the Master of
Arts in Hebrew Literature, leading to rabbinical ordination.
School of Sacred Music
The nine students (1 man, 8 women) who will be invested as cantors
on May 12 will also receive the Master of Sacred Music degree at
Graduation on May 9.
Four students will receive the Doctor of Ministry degree; and one
student will receive the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies degree.
New York School of Education
Four students will receive the Master of Arts in Religious Education
The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
- Dr. Rose Dobrof, Founding Director, Brookdale Center
of Gerontology, Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College
- Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, Ph.D., Chancellor, Bar-Ilan University
- Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Ph.D., Chancellor, Jewish Theological
Seminary of America
- Stephen Solender, President Emeritus, United Jewish Communities
Dr. Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary
ORDINATION AND INVESTITURE – MAY 12,
The Rabbinical School will ordain twelve rabbis (2 men, 10 women)
in New York. In addition, eleven rabbis (7 men, 4 women) will be
ordained in Cincinnati on June 1, and eight rabbis (3 men, 5 women)
will be ordained in Los Angeles on May 5.
School of Sacred Music
The School of Sacred Music will invest nine cantors (1 man and 8
E. Joseph Prize
Father Mychal Judge, posthumously, and The City of New York Fire
Judge, a Franciscan priest and New York Fire Department chaplain,
died ministering to New York fire fighters on September 11th. He
will be remembered for his courage in carrying out his Manhattan
ministry in a manner unprecedented in its breadth and diversity.
An active supporter of gay and AIDS organizations, who also worked
with recovering addicts and advocated for those in need, he devoted
his life to social justice.
The Roger E. Joseph Prize, HUC-JIR's highest award, is an international
award presented annually to an individual or organization which,
by virtue of religious and moral commitment, has made a distinctive
contribution to humanity.
Ordination and Investiture Address
Rabbi David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion