The community is invited to celebrate Ordination and Graduation with the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

The Ordination service will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m. at Plum Street Temple.  

Rabbi Aaron Pankin, PhD, President of HUC-JIR, will ordain as rabbis six students who have completed their rabbinical studies on the Cincinnati campus.  The ordinees—Michael Elliott Danziger, Marc Eric Eckstrand, Rebecca Ratner Kamil, Brian T. Nelson, Tina Marie Sobo and Jessica Blair Wainer—are among the Class of 2016’s cadre of new Jewish professional leaders of the Reform movement.

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin, Associate Rabbi of the Central Synagogue in New Your City, will give the Ordination address.  Rabbi Kolin was ordained in 2006 at the New York campus of HUC-JIR.  Prior to joining Central Synagogue, she served as Co-Director for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Just Congregations initiative which “strives to enable our communities to act powerfully together to create the change we want to see in the world.”

Graduation ceremonies will be Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 PM. in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR.  In addition to graduate degrees being conferred on 18 students, Father Michael Graham, SJ, PhD, President of Xavier University, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree and will be the Graduation speaker.

As the 34th President of Xavier University, Father Graham has led XU to establish an academic vision, increase the number of full-time faculty, enhance interdisciplinary study, and expand academic service learning and study abroad since in 2001.  

According to Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, PhD, Dean of the Cincinnati campus, “As the Ordination and Graduation ceremonies near, we celebrate the role of the College Institute and its alumni in leading the liberal North American Jewish community and other communities throughout the world, and recognize our contribution to scholarship in Judaism, biblical studies and comparative religion.  We are thrilled to celebrate these occasions with leading rabbinic figures and with our partners from Xavier University and the University of Dayton.  We are especially honored to confer our highest degree on Father Graham, President of Xavier University.”

For more information, please contact Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion.

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