The Jewish Theological Seminary’s chancellor, Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, spoke at the school’s 124th commencement ceremony at the historic International House. The graduating class included rabbinical, cantorial, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree students. Honorary degrees were also presented to innovative leaders including actress and performer Tovah Feldshuh; Rabbi Rachel Cowan, an innovator in the field of Jewish spirituality; Felice Gaer of Paramus, the director of the AJC’s Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights; and Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis.
The graduates will go on to lead congregations at synagogues all over the world and become leaders at Jewish communal organizations, in academia, and at other institutions. Some graduates will pursue advanced degrees or have accepted offers at leading companies and organizations.
Undergraduates received bachelor’s degrees from List College and also earned simultaneous degrees from Columbia University or Barnard College. Master’s degree recipients who completed their studies at the Gershon Kekst Graduate School and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education also received degrees. Cantors were invested by the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, and rabbis were ordained by the Rabbinical School. A number of students received many degrees from various JTS schools.