A Celebration of our Graduates

All events will be virtual and open to the public on the Hebrew College YouTube channel on June 7, 2020.

Schedule


12:00 P.M. CELEBRATE OUR GRADUATES
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Please join us for a brief virtual ceremony streamed to the Hebrew College YouTube channel to honor and celebrate those receiving degrees in all of our programs, and mark this important milestone in their journeys as rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators. This year’s graduates will also be warmly welcomed back next year, on June 6, 2021, when they will have the opportunity to march and receive their degrees in person together with the class of 2021.


1:00 P.M. CANTORIAL ORDINATION

Please join us for a ceremony streamed to the Hebrew College YouTube channel, in which the graduates from our School of Jewish Music will be ordained as cantors.

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2:00 P.M. RABBINIC ORDINATION: STAGE I

Please join us for a ceremony streamed to the Hebrew College YouTube channel, in which graduates will honored for their completion of the program and have the title of rabbi conferred upon them. The second part of our rabbinic ordination ceremony will be held when we can safely gather in person next year.

 

Allan Lehmann
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Art Green
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Rabbi Becca Weintraub
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Rabbi Dan Judson
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Ebn Leader
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President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
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Rabbi Mimi Micner
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Rabbi Matt Ponak
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Cantor Lynn Torgove
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Rabbi Jordan Schuster
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Rabbi Jessica Goldberg
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Rabbi Jane Kanarek
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Rabbi GIta Karasov
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Rabbi Noam Lerman
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Rabbi Rachel Putterman
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Rachel Adelman
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Rabbi SAM Luckey
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Rabbi Sarah Noyovitz
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Graduates, Prizes, and Honorees

Bachelor of Jewish Education

Brooke Anne Fisher
Ari Pinchas Huberman

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies

Leah Skylar Beck
Alicia Dansker DePaolo
Valeria Forte
Jessica Sarah Goldberg
SAM Luckey
Michal Sharon Micner
Melinda Gordon Nearhoof
Sarah A. Noyovitz
Matthew Rubin Ponak
Rachel Amy Putterman
Shimon David Solkowitz

Master of Jewish Education

Leah Skylar Beck
Alicia Dansker DePaolo
Brooke Anne Fisher
Jessica Ann Schwartz Green
Paula Hoffman
Gita Dalia Karasov
Kelly Kossar
Noam Vered Raye Berl Lerman
Alison Faith Levy
Arielle Nicole Hersh Levy
Devora Bena Rohr
Rachel Slusky
Shimon David Solkowitz
Talia Eve Stein
Marc Louis Stober
Rebecca Lee Weintraub
David Daniel Wolff

Master of Jewish Education, Pardes Educators Program

Tova Dorit Messer
Lara Hannah Rodin
Joseph Nadiv Simcha Schiff

Certificate in Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement

Jennifer Nicole Boyle
Robyn Keri Hurvitz
Lorin James Troderman
Marla Weiner

Certificate in Jewish Sacred Music

SAM Luckey
Noele Lorraine Shahan

Cantorial Ordination

Jennifer Nicole Boyle
Rachel Slusky
David Daniel Wolff

Rabbinic Ordination

Jessica Sarah Goldberg
Gita Dalia Karasov
Noam Vered Raye Berl Lerman
SAM Luckey
Michal Sharon Micner
Sarah A. Noyovitz
Matthew Rubin Ponak
Rachel Amy Putterman
Talia Eve Stein
Rebecca Lee Weintraub

AWARD NAMEDESCRIPTION2020 AWARD RECIPIENT
Sara Feinsilver PrizeEstablished by HCWA for an outstanding graduating studentBrooke Fisher
Betty K. & Philip Fein Memorial PrizeTo an outstanding student in Jewish EducationAlison Levy
Myer Dana Memorial PrizeFor excellence in advanced Jewish studiesAlicia DePaolo
Helen & Isaac Tarmy Scholarship For excellenceGita Karasov
The Israel Pollack Memorial PrizeFor excellence (in Judaic studies)Valeria Forte
Myer and Anna Wolf PrizeFor excellence (in Hebraic or Judaic studies)Talia Stein
Dean Nisson Touroff Memorial PrizeFor meritorious work in the field of education and/or psychologyJennifer Boyle
Professor J. K. Mikliszanski FundFor a student preparing for a career in Jewish education or conducting research in rabbinic literatureRebecca Weintraub
Cantor Rick Boyar PrizeFor excellence in hazzanutDavid Wolff
Frim-Steinhardt Family PrizeFor a worthy undergraduate student in Jewish EducationAri Huberman
The Harry H. Fein Memorial PrizeTo an outstanding student in graduate studies in Jewish Education Lara Rodin
Cecelia and Harry Needle FundTo an outstanding student in the Cantor-Educator programRachel Slusky
Rabbi Joseph Marcus Memorial PrizeFor a graduate - for excellence in Judaic Studies Melinda Nearhoof

Levi Weiman-Kellman

Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman is the president of Rabbis for Human Rights, which seeks to inform the Israeli public about human rights violations and to pressure the State of Israel to redress these injustices.

Rabbi Weiman-Kelman was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1979 and, in 1985, founded Congregation Kol Haneshama, a center for Progressive Jewish life in Jerusalem. He teaches prayer, liturgy, spiritual development and practical rabbinics at the Hebrew Union College Jerusalem campus. He has served as chair of MaRaM (the Council of Progressive Rabbis) and co-chair of the Inter Religious Coordinating Council of Israel. He was the 2003 recipient of the Isaac Meyer Wise and Stephen S. Wise Award for his contribution to the Reform Movement in Israel.

Dear Friends,

As our spring semester comes to a close this week, we look back with overwhelming gratitude for this extraordinary, passionate, dedicated community of teachers and learners.

And we look ahead, with pride and joy, to Sunday, June 7, when we will celebrate our beloved graduates, honor them for all they have accomplished, and send them off with our blessings and best wishes. 

While there is much sadness that we cannot gather in person this year, our pride in these graduates is deeper than ever. We feel tremendous admiration and appreciation, not only for what they have overcome to reach this milestone, but for their inspiring and courageous decision to step into Jewish leadership in this moment.

We are thrilled to invite you to join our graduates on Sunday, June 7th for the  virtual events below. Links to these events will be posted on this page.

It fills us with gratitude and hope to know that they will be joining the ranks of our esteemed alumni, bringing their vast and varied gifts to serve individuals and lead communities all across North America.

We hope you will take a moment now to help us recognize the class of 2020 with a contribution to support Hebrew College’s future. We welcome you to include a message of encouragement or mazal tov to our graduates.

With blessings,

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
President

QUESTIONS?

Please consider making a gift in honor of our graduates. If you would like to send them a message or blessing, please include it in the “Comments” on the gift form.