The Jewish Theological Seminary awarded honorary doctorates to 40 rabbis for their more than 25 years of service at a convocation ceremony on December 5.
The seminary’s chancellor, Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, conferred the doctor of divinity, honoris causa degrees. Alan Levine, Esq., chair of the board of trustees, welcomed the group, and Rabbi Jay M. Kornsgold of East Windsor, vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, spoke on the RA’s behalf. Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Pearl Resnick Dean of the Rabbinical School and Dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, offered a blessing to the honorees and along with Rabbi Julia Andelman of Teaneck, director of community engagement, and Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, associate dean of the Rabbinical School, presented the candidates.
Rabbi Gordon Tucker, JTS’s vice chancellor for religious life and engagement, gave a d’var Torah, and Rabbi Joel Alter spoke on behalf of the honorees. An opening and closing niggun, and another musical selection, were led by JTS cantorial student Josh Ehrlich and JTS rabbinical student Grace Gleason.