25th Year Honorary Degree Information


Graduates smiling for a photo

Honorary Doctoral Degree Celebrations

Stay tuned for photos and video from the Founders’ Day ceremony!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Celebration at Queen City Club (331 E 4th Street)
6:30 p.m. cocktails
7:15 p.m. dinner
Invitation extended to honoree and guest

Founders’ Day, Thursday, March 28, 2024
8:00 a.m. ET: Reflections and Text Study, and Breakfast with President Andrew Rehfeld and Provost Andrew Weiss in the Pines Conference Room (Sisterhood Building)
9:30 a.m. ET: Robing and Photos in Teller Lounge/Bumming Room (Sisterhood Building)
11:00 a.m. ET: Ceremony in Scheuer Chapel (Herrmann Learning Center)
12:30 p.m. ET: Lunch Reception (Mayerson Auditorium)

Contact: Meredeth Kelly mkelly@huc.edu or (212) 824-2224

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
3:30 p.m. Afternoon Welcome and Faculty Learning Session with Honorees, registration required (NY Campus, 1 West 4th Street)
5:00 p.m. Evening Cocktail Hour with the 2024 Ordinands, invitation extended to honoree and guest; registration required (Great Jones Distilling Co.)

Thursday, May 2, 2024 (Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street)
11:00 a.m. ET: Reflections and Text Study with President Andrew Rehfeld and Provost Andrea Weiss (Main Sanctuary)
12:30 p.m. ET: Lunch, invitation extended to honoree and two guests (Blumenthal Hall)
2:15 p.m. ET: Robing and Photos (IM Wise Hall)
4:00 p.m. ET: Graduation Ceremony (Lowenstein Sanctuary)
6:00 p.m. ET: Reception (Blumenthal Hall)

Contact: Yvette Joffe: yjoffe@huc.edu or (213)765-2149

Sunday, May 12, 2024
4:30 p.m. PT: Reflections and Text Study with Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., (Honorees only; guests are welcome to enjoy the Skirball prior to the cocktail hour)
5:00 p.m. PT: Cocktail Hour
6:00 p.m. PT: Reception and Private Viewing of Frank Stella: Had Gadya
Invitation extended to honoree and guest

Register Here

Monday, May 13, 2024
9:00 a.m. PT: Robing and Photos
11:00 a.m. PT: Graduation Ceremony

Honorary Degree Recipients

New York Campus

David Eli Adelson
Victor S. Appell
Rabbi Todd Chizner
Valerie Cohen
Anne Ebersman
Andrew Solomon Ergas
Kim Sara Geringer
Jennifer E. Krause
Jessica Erin Locketz
Edythe Held Mencher
Ellie Lynn Miller
Gary Pokras
Rebecca Einstein Schorr
Felicia L. Sol
Eric Benjamin Stark
Peter William Stein
Allison Bergman Vann
Julie Anne Zupan

Cantor Renata Braun
David Katz
Janet Bess Leuchter
Eric Schulmiller
Sheila Deborah Case Singer

Los Angeles Campus

Scott Hausman-Weiss
Moshe Heyn
Jonathan Franklin Kupetz
Michael Lezak
Jessica Spitalnic Mates

Ellen Cindy Lefkowitz
Debra Sagan Massey
Renee Rubin Ross

Robyn N. Altmann
Rachel Chertkoff
Sara Greene
Stacy Ilana Katz

Cincinnati Campus

David Craig Komerofsky
Laura Suzanne Lieber
Todd Michael Thalblum
Rabbi Ilana Greenfield Baden
Anthony Bryan Fratello
Jamie Korngold
Audrey Rhona Korotkin
Joseph William Prass
Elissa Sachs-Kohen
Beth L. Schwartz
Roxanne J.Schneider Shapiro
Daniel Micah Sherman
Judith Hannah Spicehandler
Joanna Tract
Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman

W. David Nelson

Jerusalem Campus

Dr. Eric M Lankin

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa

Craig Harris Marantz
Seth Mark Stander
Roderick Young

Contact Information

Honorary Doctoral Program Lead:

Ilana Goldberg, Director of Engagement and Programs for Institutional Advancement
igoldberg@huc.edu or 212-824-2207

Campus-Specific Logistics:

Cincinnati: Autumn Wheeler (awheeler@huc.edu or 513-487-3231)
New York: Meredeth Kelly (mkelly@huc.edu or 212-824-2224)
Los Angeles: Yvette Joffe (yjoffe@huc.edu or 213-765-2149)