JTS Announces 2014 Commencement Speaker MK Dr. Ruth Calderon and Honorary Degree Recipients

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May 14, 2014, New York, NY

MK Dr. Ruth Calderon, Member of Knesset in the Israeli Parliament, will deliver the keynote address at the 120th Commencement Exercises of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) on Thursday, May 22. JTS will confer honorary doctoral degrees to the following distinguished guests in recognition of their service and achievements:

MK Dr. Ruth Calderon, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
MK Calderon serves as deputy chairperson of the Knesset and as a member of the education committee and state control committee. She is the chairperson and founder of the lobby for Jewish renewal in the Israeli Parliament, head of the Australia-Israel Friendship Association, cofounder of Elul, and founder of ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture.

Rabbi David Ellenson, Doctor of Hebrew Letters, honoris causa
Rabbi Ellenson is past president and now chancellor of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He has overseen a tremendous growth in HUC's programs and campuses and is a distinguished scholar, teacher, and mentor. An advocate of Jewish equity, he has fostered collaborative relationships among denominations.

Dr. Stanley Fischer, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
Distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Fischer has served as governor of the Bank of Israel, first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, vice president of development economics and chief economist at the World Bank, and vice chair of Citigroup.

Mr. Philip Roth, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
Mr. Roth is a renowned American writer and has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize; National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal from the White House; Gold Medal in Fiction, the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and the Man Booker International Prize, among many other honors.

JTS will induct Mr. Allan and Mrs. Muriel Greenblatt into the Society of Fellows, an association of men and women who have demonstrated devotion to the highest ideals of Judaism and to the principles of social justice and concern for the broader community.