Honorary Degree Recipients

Name Occupation Year
Rabbi David Ellenson
Chancellor Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
2016
Joshua R. Jacobson
professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University and founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston
2016
Diane Troderman Former chair of Jewish Education Service of North America
2016
Jane Eisner Editor-in-Chief, The Forward
2016
Brettler, Marc
Doris Golding Professor of Biblical Studies, Brandeis University
2015
Reinharz, Shulamit
Jacob Potofsky Chair of Sociology, Brandeis University
2015
Slotnick, Marsha Katz Senior major gifts officer, Hebrew SeniorLife
2015
Calderon, Ruth
Member, Israeli Knesset
2014
Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Zalman (z"l) Founder, Jewish Renewal movement
2014
Tanchel, Susie Head of school, JCDS: Boston's Jewish Community Day School 2014
Diamant, Anita Author, lecturer and journalist 2013
Hartman, Rabbi David (z"l) (given posthumous) Founding president, Hartman Institute 2013
Krupp, George
Co-founder, CEO and senior partner, Berkshire Group
2013
Mandel, Morton Chairman and CEO, Mandel Foundation 2013
Mesch, Barry Provost, Hebrew College 2013
Lerner, Anne Lapidus Author, lecturer and educator 2013
Korman, Bernard Business executive and philanthropist 2012
Reinharz, Jehuda President emeritus, Brandeis University 2012
Minnow, Martha Dean, Harvard Law School 2011
Sarna, Jonathan Historian, educator and author 2011
Wyner, Yehudi Educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer 2011
Bronfman Sr., Edgar (z"l) Businessman and philanthropist 2010
Brudnick, Betty Philanthropist 2010
Hyman, Paula (z"l) Historian, educator and author 2010
Falchuk, Nancy National president, Hadassah 2009
Fishbane, Michael Scholar of Judaism and rabbinic literature 2009
Golijov, Osvaldo Grammy Award-winning composer 2008
Greenberg, Irving Scholar and author 2008
Kessler, Diane Cooksey Former executive director, Massachusetts Council of Churches 2008
Klagsburn, Samuel Physician 2008
Krueger, Harvey Investment banker and civic leader 2008
Alpern, Mimi National chair, American Jewish Committee 2007
Carter, Rev. Nick President, Andover Newton Theological School 2007
Messinger, Ruth President and CEO, American Jewish World Service 2007
Pzena, Richard Investment manager 2007
Shapiro, Enid Social-work consultant 2007
Cail, Mickey Business executive and real-estate developer 2006
Fein, Leonard (z"l) Writer and educator 2006
Kaitz, Louis (z"l) Business executive and philanthropist 2006
Sackler, Marietta Lutze Physician, business executive and philanthropist
2006
Goodkind, E. Robert Attorney and civic activist 2005
Wieseitier, Leon Writer, critic and magazine editor 2005
Bacow, Lawrence President, Tufts University 2004
Carroll, James Author, historian and journalist 2004
Goldman, Ralph '34 (z"l) Former director, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 2004
Hendler, Lee Meyerhoff Philanthropist, lecturer and author 2004
Chafetz, Irwin Business executive and philanthropist 2003
Everett, Edith Business executive and philanthropist 2003
Frank, Barney U.S. representative, Massachusetts 2003
Podwal, Mark Author and illustrator 2003
Cutler, Ted Philanthropist, patron of the arts
2002
Hyatt, Bernard Owner and publisher, The Jewish Advocate
2002
Joel, Richard President and international director, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life 2002
Marks, Nancy Lurie Philanthropist 2002
Spack, Norman Pediatric endrocrinologist, Children's Hospital Boston 2002
Gann, Joseph (z"l) Philanthropist 2001
Roland, Miriam Aaron Philanthropist 2001
Safdie, Moshe Architect, urban designer, educator and author 2001
Shrage, Barry President, Combined Jewish Philanthropies 2001
Wiesel, Elie Novelist, professor, political activist and Nobel laureate 2001
Ahlmark, Per Axel Swedish writer and politician 2000
Chiel, Rabbi Samuel (z"l) Special adviser to the president and director of the Rabbinic Institute, Hebrew College; former rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Newton
2000
Eizenstat, Stuart E.
Diplomat, statesman and public servant
2000
Friedman, Howard I.
Civil-rights attorney and chairman of the board of the Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies
2000
Goldberg, Carol Rabb Business excutive and philanthropist 2000
Elliot, Rev. Dr. Ralph H.
Interim president, Andover Newton Theological School
1999
Fein, Ruth Breslau President and campaign chair, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
1999
Hertzberg, Rabbi Arthur (z"l) Author, scholar and activist 1999
Teplow, Theodore H.
Business executive, philanthropist and chairman of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees
1999
Cohen, Julian (z"l) Real-estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts
1998
Elenko, Stuart Stanley (z"l) Founder, Holocaust Museum and Studies Center, Bronx High School of Science 1998
Post, Marlene Edith
National president, Hadassah 1998
Brustein, Robert Sanford
Theatrical critic, producer, playwright and educator
1997
Kreitman, Rabbi Benjamin Zvi (z"l) Rabbinical leader in Conservative Judaism
1997
Krupp, A. Philip (z"l) Real-estate developer, philanthropist and retired national commissioner, Anti-Defamation League
1997
Vanderpol, Netty Schwarz Artist and Holocaust survivor
1997
Breslau, Maxwell (z"l) Former chairman, Hebrew College Board of Trustees
1996
Schwartz, William Vice president for academic affairs, Yeshiva University
1996
Shoolman, Edith G. (z"l) Philanthropist
1996
Steinberg, Dr. Theodore '31 (z"l) Ophthomologist and attorney
1996
Dreben, Raya S.
Associate justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
1995
Gordon, Cyrus H. (z"l) Scholar and educator
1995
Reisman, Bernard (z"l) Founding director, Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University
1995
Trustman, Benjamin Arthur (z"l) Lawyer, cultural leader, philanthropist and former chairman of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees
1995
Berman, Herbert
Senior partner, Foley, Hoag & Eliot; immediate past chairman, Board of Trustees
1994
Epstein, Mary Wolfman (z"l)  Singer and actor
1994
Haar, Charles (z"l) Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
1994
Kaufman, Solomon (z"l) Engineer, businessman and former chairman of the Board of Trustees
1994
Aronson, David (z"l) Painter and educator
1993
Cardin, Shoshana
Women's activist, philanthropist
1993
Gittleman, Sol
German scholar and provost, Tufts University
1993
Lipset, Seymour (z"l) Political sociologist and educator
1993
Kekst, Gershon
Strategic, corporate and financial communications executive
1992
Rothchild, Sylvia (z"l) Novelist, reviewer and cellist
1992
Zuckerman, Mortimer
Real-estate developer and media proprietor
1992
Hiatt, Jacob (z"l) Business executive and philanthropist
1991
Kopelman, Frances (z"l) Philanthropist 1991
Rosenthal, Abraham (z"l) Former executive editor, The New York TImes
1991
Sarna, Nahum (z"l) Modern bliblical scholar 1991
Peretz, Martin
Editor in chief, The New Republic
1990
Stone, Stephen (z"l) Periodontist
1990
Strom, Margot Stern
Executive director, Facing History and Ourselves
1990
Kunin, Madeleine
Governor, Vermont
1989
Leventhal, Norman (z"l) Developer, philanthropist and civic leader
1989
Halpern, Bernjamin (z"l) Retired professor of Judaica, Brandeis University
1988
Ozick, Cynthia
Short-story writer, novelist and essayist
1988
Rabb, Irving (z"l) Vice chairman, Stop & Shop
1988
Ackerman, Walter (z"l) Education chair, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 1987
Band, Arnold, MAJS'57
Professor, Hebrew and comparative literature, UCLA
1987
Drinan, Rev. Robert (z"l) Priest, former congressman and educator
1987
Rosovsky, Henry
Economist and Harvard University professor
1987
Sachar, Abram (z"l) Founding president, Brandeis University
1987
Savitz, Dr. Harry (z"l) Physician and Jewish scholar
1987
Weinstein, Lewis (z"l) Attorney and Jewish communal leader
1987
Wyzanski, Gisela Warburg (z"l) Zionist leader
1987
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