On June 5th, a diverse, talented and deeply spiritual group of students will graduate from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and become rabbis. At RRC, we understand the importance of ritual and marking transition. Our graduation ceremony will celebrate the journey students have undertaken over the past five and six years and look ahead to the impact they will have on the world. It is an inspiring occasion, and if you have the opportunity to attend in person, not to be missed.
The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. on June 5th at Temple Sinai: 1401 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025.
This year’s graduates are, Shelley Goldman; Gregory Hersh; Marisa James; Ora Nitkin-Kaner; Matan Peled; and Nathan Weiner.
Stephen Philip Cohen, Ph.D. a peacemaker involved in laying the groundwork for the historic Israeli-Egyptian treaty will receive the Keter Shem Tov, The Crown of a Good Name, award. It recognizes distinction in scholarship and community service in pursuit of Reconstructionist ideals.
Aaron Ziegelman, a real estate developer and philanthropist who is one of the most generous supporters of Reconstructionist Judaism, will receive the Presidential Recognition Award.
John Ruskay, Ph.D., one of the most respected Jewish communal professionals in North America, will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.
RRC is also awarding Doctor of Divinity Degrees to rabbis who have completed 25 years of commendable service as Reconstructionist rabbis. This year’s recipients are
Rabbis: David Gedzelman; David Mivasair; Reena Spicehandler; David E.S. Stein; Michael Strassfeld and Avi Winokur.
Our graduates and honorees, in a myriad of ways, embody the values of our Reconstructionist movement. Each is working to make Judaism welcoming and meaningful to all.