Surrounded by family, friends, professors, mentors and community members, 10 students who have completed their rabbinical studies on the Cincinnati campus were ordained as rabbis by Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, PhD, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel provost, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
The ordination service was held on Saturday, June 1 at Plum Street Temple.
The ordinees – Rabbi David Benjamin Bloom, Rabbi Jordan Faye Cohen, Rabbi Zachary Scott Goodman, Rabbi Rachel Ann Gross-Prinz, Rabbi Allyson Resnik Jacobson, Rabbi David Alex Reinhart, Rabbi Bailey Jean Romano, Rabbi Joseph Harold Rosen, Rabbi Samantha Cari Schapera, and Rabbi Isaama Marian Goldstein-Stoll – are a part of the Class of 2019’s cadre of new Jewish professional leaders of the Reform movement.
Rabbi Hara E. Person, chief strategy officer and incoming chief executive officer of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, who was ordained in 1998, was the ordination speaker. She spoke on “Authenticity in the Rabbinate.”
Graduation ceremonies took place on Friday, May 31, in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR. Six Joan and Phillip Pines School of Graduate Studies students and 10 Rabbinical School students received graduate degrees.
Andrew Rehfeld, president of HUC-JIR, told the graduates, “You will strengthen our world individually and collectively. Thank you all for making a commitment to your studies and your important work.”
In recognition of 25 years of distinguished service, Dr. Ruth Langer, professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Boston College and associate director of its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning; and Dr. Paul H. Wright, president and professor of Biblical History and Geography at Jerusalem University College/Institute for Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, were awarded the Pines School of Graduate Studies Medallion.
In addition to graduate degrees being conferred, Andrew R. Berger, immediate past chair of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors, received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree. Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, received the Sherut L’Am Award, and was the graduation speaker.