Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipients

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, PhD

Neubauer Executive Director, Tufts Hillel
Research Professor, Department of Music and Judaic Studies
Tufts University
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph.D. holds the appointment of Research Professor in the Department of Music and in the Judaic Studies program at Tufts University, where he served as rabbi and Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel for the past 39 years.

He is the author of Singing God’s Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism (Oxford University Press) and The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (Oxford University Press). His CD Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was nominated for a Grammy Award. His CD with video Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was awarded Best World Music CD by the Independent Music Awards. Together with the leadership of the Abayudaya community in Uganda, he founded and runs the “Abayudaya College Scholarship Project” which has raised and administered funds to send more than 40 students to colleges and universities in Uganda from 2001-present.

Rabbi Summit was the inaugural recipient of the Edgar M. Bronfman Award for Lifetime Accomplishment in Hillel Professional Leadership. He received Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Rabbinic Leadership Award, and was the inaugural recipient of the Anne Heyman Spirit Award for his work to further the mission of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, a village for survivors of the Rwandan genocide. He has been named an Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International.

In conjunction with his work as Executive Director of Tufts Hillel, Rabbi Summit has directed the Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education and was one of the founders of IMAGe (Tufts’ Initiative on Mass Atrocity and Genocide). His research focuses on music and identity, music and spiritual experience, music and advocacy, and the impact of technology on the transmission of tradition.

Jeffrey is married to Dr. Gail Kaufman, a gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Hospital. They have three children, Aleza, Ariela and Zack, and a new grandson, Ezra.

Harold Kotler, CFA, Me’ah`99

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
GW&K Investment Management
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters

Harold Kotler serves as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Partner at GW&K, an investment management firm in Boston. He also chairs the Investment Committee and is a member of the Management Committee. He joined GW&K in 1975 as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategist of the firm’s innovative fixed income investments.

Prior to joining GW&K, Harold was a Vice President of the U.S. Trust Co., Boston. He previously served as President of Barclay Asset Management Co., an advisory affiliate of U.S. Trust; as Vice President of Studley Shupert & Co., Inc., Boston; and as an investment officer with the Newton Waltham Bank.

Harold received a BS/BA from Babson College in 1965. He earned the CFA designation in 1973 and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

Harold currently serves as a Trustee of Hebrew Senior Life and as a Board member of Hebrew College. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Cutler Center at Babson College, is a member of the Endowment Committee of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Boch Center (formerly known as Wang Center for the Performing Arts). In the past, Harold has held the following positions: Chair of the Board of Trustees of Hebrew College; Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Memorial Hospital; President of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA; Board Member and Treasurer of the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters; Trustee of Hebrew Union College and Board Member of The Rashi School and Babson College.

Harold is married to Rabbi Jamie Kotler, who received her ordination from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. They have five children and live in Brookline.

Mary Elizabeth Moore, PhD

Dean and Professor of Theology and Education
Boston University School of Theology
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters

Mary Elizabeth Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Theology and Education at Boston University. Mary Elizabeth sees her vocation as working with others toward repair of the world (tikkun olam). She presently works with her Boston colleagues to develop life- giving education that deepens knowledge and practices of faith, enhances justice, builds human relationships, resists violence, and cares for the earth.

Her most recent books include: Teaching as a Sacramental ActMinistering with the Earth, and Teaching from the Heart, plus two co-edited volumes, Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World and Practical Theology and Hermeneutics. She has also written many articles on justice and reconciliation, ecology, interfaith and intercultural relationships, education, and process and feminist theologies.

Moore earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University where she majored in psychology, and she holds a master’s and a doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology. She taught at Claremont for 20 years before going to Emory University in 1999 where she was a professor of religion and theology and the

Director of the Women in Theology and Ministry program at the Candler School of Theology. She remained at Emory until January 2008 when she was appointed Dean of the School of Theology at Boston University. She has also been a visiting professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary, at Boston College, and at the Vancouver School of Theology in British Columbia.

Mary Elizabeth, with her late husband Allen, has five wonderful children and eight fabulous grandchildren.


Lewis H. Glinert, PhD

Sidney Hillson/Rose Bronstein Memorial Award  

For distinguished leadership and commitment to the centrality of the Hebrew language in Jewish education and for the advancement of Jewish culture and civilization

Lewis Glinert is Professor of Hebrew Studies and Linguistics at Dartmouth College. An Oxford-educated scholar, he is also a graduate of yeshivat Netzach Yisrael, Jerusalem, holds a PhD from London University, and received smicha from Rav Dan Channen (Israel), head of Pirchei Shoshanim Torah Network.

Lewis has held appointments at Haifa and Bar-Ilan universities, the University of Chicago, and at London University where, as Professor of Hebrew Language and Culture, he chaired the Centre for Jewish Studies. At Dartmouth College, his courses include ‘Midrash’, ‘Jewish Humor’, ‘Hasidic Tales’, ‘Film, Fiction and the Arab-Israel Conflict’, and Jerusalem: Vision and Reality.’

Glinert has authored over 80 papers on language and its social and political impact with a special focus on Hebrew; and seven books, including The Grammar of Modern Hebrew (Cambridge), The Joys of Hebrew (Oxford), and Prescription Drug Websites Investigated (Peter Lang. His most recent book, The Story ofHebrew (Princeton), was a National Book Council Finalist and one of CHOICE Magazine’s ‘Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017’.

Glinert’s 1989 documentary celebrating the rebirth of Spoken Hebrew, Tongue of Tongues, was nominated by the BBC for a Sony Award. He was voted Best Professor of 2009 by the Dartmouth Student Assembly. An experienced baal tefillah and Hebrew folk singer, he is the cultural director of the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive, the world’s largest internet Jewish musical resource.

Lewis and his wife, Joan, reside in Newton, MA. They have three children, Shalva, Yeshurun and Tsivya.

Rabbi Marc Baker

Dr. Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award

For distinguished achievement in Jewish educational leadership

Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School of Gann Academy since June 2007, has been selected to be the next President and CEO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP). He will remain at Gann Academy throughout the current school year and will assume his new role in July 2018.

A native of Lynnfield, MA, Marc received his BA in Religious Studies from Yale University, after which he received a Dorot Fellowship to spend the year working and studying in Israel. He spent four years living in Jerusalem and studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He received his MA in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Danny Landes, Director and Rosh Yeshiva of Pardes.

Before coming to Gann Academy, Marc served as the director of Judaics and Student Life at the Doris and Alex Weber Jewish Community High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Marc has participated in the Day School Leadership Training Institute, a program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in Improving Schools – The Art of Leadership from The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In November 2011, Marc was among five Jewish educators in the country to receive The Pomegranate Prize, newly-created and established by The Covenant Foundation to honor and nurture exceptional, emerging professionals who have been in the field for ten years or less. Since 2012, Marc has served as the Scholar-in- Residence of the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program of CJP.

Marc lives in Brookline, MA, with his wife Jill and their four children, Elisha (Gann ’21), Meital, Maor, and Alanna.