Ordination May 10, 2007

On May 10, 2007 AJR honored eight of its Rishonim, who were ordained during its first 25 years. A reception was held for them in the President’s Lounge at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Later that afternoon, AJR held its annual service of ordination on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. At the service, Rabbinical Ordination was conferred upon two men and two women. Candidates for Ordination have completed their course requirements, passed comprehensive examinations, completed practical field work, and written a senior. Each candidate was presented by a member of his or her Bet Din, blessed with the birkat kohanim, and formally presented to community, family and friends as rabbi or cantor. Each then shared teachings and their thoughts on this sacred occasion.

In addition to the ordination of rabbis, awards were presented in awards were presented in several categories. This year, the P’nei Torah Award was presented to Cantor Lisa Klinger-Kantor, an alumna of the Academy and a highly respected and dedicated member of the Academy faculty. Rabbi Malka Drucker, also an alumnus of the Academy, was selected by the Association of Rabbis and Cantors to receive the Alumnus of the Year Award for her outstanding contribution to Jewish the Jewish community.