Commencement at Hebrew College

Hebrew College 91st Commencement and Ordination Ceremonies

June 5, 2016

General Commencement Ceremony – Sunday June 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hebrew College

Cantorial and Rabbinical Ordination – Sunday June 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Temple Reyim, Newton, MA


Jane EisnerJane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of The Forward, America’s foremost national Jewish news organization. Online and in print, the Forward is the authoritative source of news, opinion, arts and culture in the Jewish world.  Since Eisner joined the Forward in 2008, the publication has won numerous regional and national awards and her editorials have been repeatedly honored by the Society of Professional Journalists.


Honorary Degree Recipeints

David EllensonRabbi David Ellenson is director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, where he also serves as a visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. From 2001–13, he was president of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and today serves as its chancellor emeritus. 

Josh JacobsonJoshua R. Jacobson is professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University, where he served nine years as music department chair and six years as the Stotsky Professor in Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies. He is also visiting professor and senior consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, and founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble specializing in Hebrew music.

Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of The Forward. (See above)

Diane TrodermanDiane Troderman
is the former chair of Jewish Education Service of North
America and has held numerous leadership roles in the Jewish community on local, national, and international levels. In addition to her passionate interest in Jewish education, she has worked actively on women’s' issues and in the renaissance and renewal of Jewish life throughout the world. She was the first chair of The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute on Jewish Women and serves on the boards of the American Jewish World Service, Hebrew At The Center; Hazon and The Davidson School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.