JTS Honors 36 Rabbis for Their Dedication and Commitment at June 2021 Convocation

June 7, 2021, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), awarded honorary doctorates to 36 rabbis at an online convocation ceremony on June 6, 2021. JTS celebrated and honored the achievements of these important spiritual leaders and expressed appreciation for their contributions to Jewish life. Each recipient has served the Jewish community and the Conservative Movement with distinction for over 25 years.

Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, chancellor of JTS, conferred the degrees and delivered remarks on the occasion. Rabbi Gordon Tucker, vice chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement at JTS, delivered a d’var Torah and offered a blessing to the honorees. Rabbi Julia Andelman, director of Community Engagement at JTS, and Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, associate dean of the JTS Rabbinical School, presented the honorary degree candidates. Alan Levine, Esq., chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed the assembled, and Rabbi Stewart Vogel, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, delivered greetings on behalf of the RA. Rabbis Susan Fendrick, Jonathan Spira-Savett, and Chaim Weiner delivered remarks on behalf of the honorees.

The rabbis receiving this distinction included congregational rabbis, Jewish communal professionals, educators, pastoral counselors, and academicians.

The June 2021 honorees (Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa) are:

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa

Rabbi Janet Ozur Bass
Rabbi Lia Rossana Laufer Bass
Rabbi Margit Oelsner Baumatz
Rabbi Aaron Bergman
Rabbi Mark Stephen Bloom
Rabbi Analia Bortz
Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses
Rabbi Carol Davidson
Rabbi Susan P. Fendrick
Rabbi David Frankel
Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin
Rabbi David Greenspoon
Rabbi Shira Johnston
Rabbi Mario Karpuj
Rabbi David F. Kornberg
Rabbi David J.B. Krishef
Rabbi Jonathan S. Krinsky Lubliner
Rabbi Mark Mallach

Rabbi Myrna Matsa
Rabbi Daniel Nevins
Rabbi Karen G. Reiss Medwed
Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose
Rabbi Gloria Sarah Rubin
Rabbi Yehoshua Avraham Segal
Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg
Rabbi Allen Selis
Rabbi Joshua Skoff
Rabbi Jonathan Samuel Spira-Savett
Rabbi Seth J. Sternstein
Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen
Rabbi Yossi Turner
Rabbi Jason van Leeuwen
Rabbi Chaim Weiner
Rabbi Adam Marc Wohlberg
Rabbi Bea Wyler
Rabbi Fabián A. Zaidemberg

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