Israeli Political Star Calderon to Address 2014 Graduates June 1

Ruth Calderon, whose inaugural speech in the Israeli Knesset last year elevated her to star status on the world’s political stage, will address graduates of Hebrew College during the school’s 89th commencement exercises June 1 at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill. She will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters as part of the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Others scheduled to receive honorary doctorates during the ceremony are Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and Alan Solomont, dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University and former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra.
Hebrew College will grant master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificates to approximately 80 students at the morning exercises. During separate afternoon ceremonies, the college will ordain 14 rabbis and four cantors.
Also on June 1, Hebrew College will award degrees to 65 graduates of Prozdor Hebrew high school. The following day, the school will confer certificates to 95 members of the Me’ah adult-learning program.
Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in her hometown of Tel Aviv, was elected to office in 2013 as a member of the Yesh Atid party. Her initial speech on the floor of the Knesset included personal anecdotes and talmudic quotations in a plea for mutual understanding and respect, and became a YouTube sensation.
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