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Meet Our Rabbinical Graduates 2015

With songs and personal reflections, the Class of 2015 chose to acknowledge “all of the forces and influences that have supported us along this journey.” Watch their moving tribute to the Source of Life, Tradition, Ancestors, Text, Teachers, Mentors and Families. And get ready for the most rousing version of Oseh Shalom you’ve ever heard!

Each new rabbi in the class of 2015 has a unique vision for the rabbinate. Meet them all and read about the gifts and values they will bring to their work. 

Shelly BarnathanShelly Barnathan's passion for languages provided a unique lens through which to study Judaism. Beautiful Hebrew songs and prayers illuminated Shelly's path to the rabbinate. MORE
Associate Rabbi/Educator, Beth Am Israel, Penn Valley, PA


David BasiorDavid Basior's work with Hillel and other groups, plus his eight trips to Israel have shaped his Jewish involvement, and set the stage for his rabbinate. 

Rabbi and Education Director, Kadima Reconstructionist Community, Seattle, WA (JRC)

Jason BonderJason Bonder hopes to use his rabbinical education to help people find strength from within. An avid runner, Bonder notes "Today, this finish line of rabbinical school becomes my new starting line."
Assistant Rabbi/Educator, Temple Emanuel of Tempe, Tempe, AZ


Kate CookKate Cook's path to the rabbinate included a stint as a general surgeon. She plans to couple her rabbinical training with her medical knowledge and become a chaplain.
Chaplaincy Resident, Albert Einstein Healthcare Center, Philadelphia, PA

Elana FriedmanElana Friedman longed to merge her passion for Judaism with her desire to work toward the greater good.

Campus Rabbi, Jewish Life at Duke University, Durham, NC


  Jacob LiebermanJacob M. Lieberman fell in love with Judaism at a young age. He chose to become a rabbi when he realized not
every Jew had the same access he had to inspirational Judaism.
Rabbi, Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel, (JRC) and Assistant Rabbi, Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center, Ridgewood, NJ
Director of Board Relations, RRC, Wyncote, PA


Ruhi Sophia Motzkin RubensteinRuhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein worked as a Jewish environmental educator before enrolling at RRC. She plans to live a rabbinate that sings out with wholeness.
Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel, Eugene, OR (JRC)


George WielechowskiGeorge Wielechowski derives great joy from engaging in Jewish life, thought, text and ritual.

Rabbi for Engagement, Beth El Congregation, Baltimore, MD