JTS Commencement 2009

The classes of 2009 and 1909 share more than degrees from The Jewish Theological Seminary. The class of 2009 is composed of graduates who want to better the world just as their 1909 counterparts did. Each student was shaped by academic and personal experiences that remain and guide for a lifetime.

A degree from JTS is but one important step in a lifelong path of leadership and intellectual discovery.

To the 146 graduates who make up the class of 2009, let us say mazal tov and congratulations on a job well done!

Commencement 2009 Table of Contents Commencement Addresses and Materials
Class Photos
Commencement Video
Commencement Photos
Alumni Registration


Commencement Addresses and Materials

Chancellor Arnold Eisen speaks at Commencement

Read Chancellor Arnold Eisen's 2009/5769 Commencement Address to the 115th Graduating Class of The Jewish Theological Seminary and his Address to New Rabbis and Cantors at the JTS Ordination Ceremony.

Download the Commencement 2009 Program.

Learn more about Commencement 2009.

Ruth Messinger

Ms. Ruth W. Messinger, president and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), delivered the commencement address, "Leading for Change: Jewish Global Responsibility in the Twenty-First Century," and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Solomon Schechter

Read Solomon Schechter's Address to the Class of 1909/5669.

Schechter's address and class of 1909 image courtesy of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary

Class of 2009

Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies

William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education

The Graduate School

The Rabbinical School

H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music

Not all graduates are pictured in class photos. Class photos taken by Joyce Culver.

Commencement Video

Videos from the 2009 commencement are now available for viewing! Click the links below to view each video.

Commencement Photos

Enjoy images from various commencement events.

Alumni Registration

The Diane and Howard Wohl Office of Alumni Affairs offers events, news, programming, and career development services for our alumni—make sure you sign up to stay connected to JTS. There are several ways to do so:

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