Past Honorary Degree Recipients

NameOccupationYear
Kotler, HaroldCEO, CIO & Partner, GW&K and Former Chair, Hebrew College Board of TrusteesJune 2018
Moore, Mary ElizabethDean, Boston University School of TheologyJune 2018
Summit, Rabbi JeffreyResearch Professor in the Department of Music and Judaic Studies Program, Tufts UniversityJune 2018
Botstein, LeonPresident of Bard CollegeJune 2017
Kates, JudithProfessor of Jewish Women's Studies at Hebrew CollegeJune 2017
Matt, DanielLeading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar and Professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CaliforniaJune 2017
Ellenson, Rabbi David Chancellor Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion2016
Jacobson, Joshua R. professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University and founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston2016
Troderman, Diane Former chair of Jewish Education Service of North America2016
Eisner, Jane Editor-in-Chief, The Forward2016
Brettler, MarcDoris Golding Professor of Biblical Studies, Brandeis University2015
Reinharz, ShulamitJacob Potofsky Chair of Sociology, Brandeis University2015
Slotnick, Marsha Katz Senior major gifts officer, Hebrew SeniorLife2015
Calderon, RuthMember, Israeli Knesset2014
Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Zalman (z"l) Founder, Jewish Renewal movement2014
Tanchel, Susie Head of school, JCDS: Boston's Jewish Community Day School2014
Diamant, Anita Author, lecturer and journalist2013
Hartman, Rabbi David (z"l) (given posthumous) Founding president, Hartman Institute2013
Krupp, GeorgeCo-founder, CEO and senior partner, Berkshire Group2013
Mandel, Morton Chairman and CEO, Mandel Foundation2013
Mesch, Barry Provost, Hebrew College2013
Lerner, Anne Lapidus Author, lecturer and educator2013
Korman, Bernard Business executive and philanthropist2012
Reinharz, Jehuda President emeritus, Brandeis University2012
Minnow, Martha Dean, Harvard Law School2011
Sarna, Jonathan Historian, educator and author2011
Wyner, Yehudi Educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer2011
Bronfman Sr., Edgar (z"l) Businessman and philanthropist2010
Brudnick, Betty Philanthropist2010
Hyman, Paula (z"l) Historian, educator and author2010
Falchuk, Nancy National president, Hadassah2009
Fishbane, Michael Scholar of Judaism and rabbinic literature2009
Golijov, Osvaldo Grammy Award-winning composer2008
Greenberg, Irving Scholar and author2008
Kessler, Diane Cooksey Former executive director, Massachusetts Council of Churches2008
Klagsburn, Samuel Physician2008
Krueger, Harvey Investment banker and civic leader2008
Alpern, Mimi National chair, American Jewish Committee2007
Carter, Rev. Nick President, Andover Newton Theological School2007
Messinger, Ruth President and CEO, American Jewish World Service2007
Pzena, Richard Investment manager2007
Shapiro, Enid Social-work consultant2007
Cail, Mickey Business executive and real-estate developer2006
Fein, Leonard (z"l) Writer and educator2006
Kaitz, Louis (z"l) Business executive and philanthropist2006
Sackler, Marietta Lutze Physician, business executive and philanthropist2006
Goodkind, E. Robert Attorney and civic activist2005
Wieseitier, Leon Writer, critic and magazine editor2005
Bacow, Lawrence President, Tufts University2004
Carroll, James Author, historian and journalist2004
Goldman, Ralph '34 (z"l)Former director, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee2004
Hendler, Lee Meyerhoff Philanthropist, lecturer and author2004
Chafetz, Irwin Business executive and philanthropist2003
Everett, Edith Business executive and philanthropist2003
Frank, Barney U.S. representative, Massachusetts2003
Podwal, Mark Author and illustrator2003
Cutler, Ted (z”l) Philanthropist, patron of the arts2002
Hyatt, Bernard Owner and publisher, The Jewish Advocate2002
Joel, Richard President and international director, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life2002
Marks, Nancy LuriePhilanthropist2002
Spack, NormanPediatric endrocrinologist, Children's Hospital Boston2002
Gann, Joseph (z"l)Philanthropist2001
Roland, Miriam AaronPhilanthropist2001
Safdie, MosheArchitect, urban designer, educator and author2001
Shrage, BarryPresident, Combined Jewish Philanthropies2001
Wiesel, ElieNovelist, professor, political activist and Nobel laureate2001
Ahlmark, Per AxelSwedish writer and politician2000
Chiel, Rabbi Samuel (z"l)Special adviser to the president and director of the Rabbinic Institute, Hebrew College; former rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Newton2000
Eizenstat, Stuart E.Diplomat, statesman and public servant2000
Friedman, Howard I.Civil-rights attorney and chairman of the board of the Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies2000
Goldberg, Carol RabbBusiness excutive and philanthropist2000
Elliot, Rev. Dr. Ralph H.Interim president, Andover Newton Theological School1999
Fein, Ruth BreslauPresident and campaign chair, Combined Jewish Philanthropies1999
Hertzberg, Rabbi Arthur (z"l)Author, scholar and activist1999
Teplow, Theodore H.Business executive, philanthropist and chairman of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees1999
Cohen, Julian (z"l)Real-estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts1998
Elenko, Stuart Stanley (z"l)(z"l) Founder, Holocaust Museum and Studies Center, Bronx High School of Science1998
Post, Marlene EdithNational president, Hadassah1998
Brustein, Robert SanfordTheatrical critic, producer, playwright and educator1997
Kreitman, Rabbi Benjamin Zvi (z"l) Rabbinical leader in Conservative Judaism1997
Krupp, A. Philip (z"l)Real-estate developer, philanthropist and retired national commissioner, Anti-Defamation League1997
Vanderpol, Netty SchwarzArtist and Holocaust survivor1997
Breslau, Maxwell (z"l)Former chairman, Hebrew College Board of Trustees1996
Schwartz, WilliamVice president for academic affairs, Yeshiva University1996
Shoolman, Edith G. (z"l)Philanthropist1996
Steinberg, Dr. Theodore '31 (z"l)Ophthomologist and attorney1996
Dreben, Raya S.Associate justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court1995
Gordon, Cyrus H. (z"l)Scholar and educator1995
Reisman, Bernard (z"l)Founding director, Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University1995
Trustman, Benjamin Arthur (z"l)Lawyer, cultural leader, philanthropist and former chairman of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees1995
Berman, HerbertSenior partner, Foley, Hoag & Eliot; immediate past chairman, Board of Trustees1995
Epstein, Mary Wolfman (z"l)Singer and actor1994
Haar, Charles (z"l)Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School1994
Kaufman, Solomon (z"l)Engineer, businessman and former chairman of the Board of Trustees1994
Aronson, David (z"l)Painter and educator1993
Cardin, ShoshanaWomen's activist, philanthropist1993
Gittleman, SolGerman scholar and provost, Tufts University1993
Lipset, Seymour (z"l)Political sociologist and educator1993
Kekst, GershonStrategic, corporate and financial communications executive1992
Rothchild, Sylvia (z"l)Novelist, reviewer and cellist1992
Zuckerman, MortimerReal-estate developer and media proprietor1992
Hiatt, Jacob (z"l)Business executive and philanthropist1991
Kopelman, Frances (z"l)Philanthropist1991
Rosenthal, Abraham (z"l)Former executive editor, The New York TImes1991
Sarna, Nahum (z"l)Modern bliblical scholar1991
Peretz, MartinEditor in chief, The New Republic1990
Stone, Stephen (z"l)Periodontist1990
Strom, Margot SternExecutive director, Facing History and Ourselves1990
Kunin, MadeleineGovernor, Vermont1989
Leventhal, Norman (z"l)Developer, philanthropist and civic leader1989
Halpern, Bernjamin (z"l)Retired professor of Judaica, Brandeis University1988
Ozick, CynthiaShort-story writer, novelist and essayist1988
Rabb, Irving (z"l)Vice chairman, Stop & Shop1988
Ackerman, Walter (z"l)Education chair, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev1987
Band, Arnold, MAJS'57Professor, Hebrew and comparative literature, UCLA1987
Drinan, Rev. Robert (z"l)Priest, former congressman and educator1987
Rosovsky, HenryEconomist and Harvard University professor1987
Sachar, Abram (z"l)Founding president, Brandeis University1987
Savitz, Dr. Harry (z"l)Physician and Jewish scholar1987
Weinstein, Lewis (z"l)Attorney and Jewish communal leader1987
Wyzanski, Gisela Warburg (z"l)Zionist Leader1987