Brandeis Prof to Address Graduates at 90th Commencement

marc brettlerMarc Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Bible Studies at Brandeis University, will address graduates of Hebrew College at the school’s 90th commencement exercises May 31. He will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters during the 10 a.m. ceremony, to be held in Berenson Hall on the college's Newton Centre campus.

Also scheduled to receive honorary doctorates that day are Shulamit Reinharz, the Jacob Protofsky Chair of Sociology, and founding director of the Women's Studies Research Center and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis, and Marsha Katz Slotnick, senior major gifts officer at Hebrew SeniorLife.

“We’re pleased to be honoring three outstanding individuals who have devoted their life’s work to the betterment of the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of the college, who will officiate at the ceremony. “Their dedication to enhancing the mind, spirit and well-being of others has touched countless lives, and continues to bring light to the world.”

In addition, Hebrew College will confer the Sidney Hillson/Rose Bronstein Memorial Award to Shirah Rubin, director of Hebrew Play, and the Dr. Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award to Marc Kramer, co-executive director of RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network.

The school will grant master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificates to approximately 40 students during the ceremony. At separate afternoon ceremonies, the college will ordain seven rabbis and three cantors.

On June 10, Hebrew College will confer certificates to 135 members of its Me’ah adult-learning program.

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