Commencement 2009

A total of 158 degrees were conferred on 146 graduates at the 115th Commencement Exercises of The Jewish Theological Seminary, held on May 21 at JTS. The distinguished graduates are the newest group of professional and lay leaders trained to serve nationwide as rabbis, academics, cantors, scholars, Jewish educators, and community leaders.

JTS Graduates of 2009Ms. 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. In addition to Ms. Messinger, honorary doctoral degrees were awarded to Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR); and Dean David M. Schizer of Columbia Law School.

A webpage including commencement photos, class photos, addresses by JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen, and other materials, will soon be available at