Join us in celebrating our 2022 Graduates!
It is with tremendous honor and gratitude that our Board of Directors, Faculty, and Administration congratulate our newest ordinees and graduates: four Rabbis, two Cantors and two Chaplaincy graduates.
We are extremely proud of our graduates and ordinees and all that they have accomplished during their years of study at the Academy.
Please see our Program below and scroll down to read more about this year's graduates and hear from them in their own words.
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Joseph Albert Angel-Field
"As Rabbi, I will work to encourage a connection to and empower an authentic expression of the culture and intellectual property that has been handed down from generation to generation, inspiring lifelong learners while building meaningful Jewish communities that include interfaith outreach."
Thesis: "Kahal Shalom - A Congregation of Wholeness and Peace"
Cantor Marcelo Gabriel Gindlin
"As a Reconstructionist Rabbi Cantor, I will continue to adapt rituals to the needs of the community, channeling God’s love through prayers, music, Torah, and acts of kindness, bringing spirituality and holiness into the world."
Thesis: "Sarah's Tent - In Their Own Words, Through Their Own Voices"
Cynthia Jane Minster
"As a rabbi, I will provide access to Jewish wisdom, sharing spirituality as a path toward inner transformation, healthy interpersonal relationships, and connection to the Divine. Co-creating inclusive, supportive communities, I will be a holy witness to life journeys."
Thesis: "Internal Growth, Human Relationships, and Reaching Towards God: The Concurrent Development of Ethics and Mysticism in Early Modern Jewish Texts"
Michal Morris Kamil
"Midrash Rabbah, says: Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow." As a rabbi, I’ll lovingly support through texts, teachings, prayer, and mussar all who are in need of spiritual, ritualistic, and educational direction."
Thesis: "Israeli Religious Radicalism in Contemporary Jewish Texts"
Kelly Lynn Cooper
"As a cantor, I will form relationships with those I serve by creating a sacred space through personal interactions and coming together in song. I aspire to help my congregants feel safe and held in holy partnership."
Thesis: "From Challah to Chazante: Jewish Women's Journey From the Kitchen to the Bima"
Amy Robinson Katz
"To be a hazzan is to see—literally to have vision—and to communicate, through prayer and music, the alive but unseen world of Torah. I am grateful for the privilege to be a servant of this cherished tradition."
Thesis: "B'Shir v'Kol Todah: The Life and Music of Philip Moddel"
"As Chaplain, my role, my calling, is to create sacred space wherever it is that I am. By offering connection and acceptance that transcends origins and identities, I hope to bring spiritual care to all whom I encounter."
Thesis: "Tempting God to Grace: The Law of Attraction and Jewish Text"
Randy Alan Lester-Wilson
"As a chaplain, it is my intention to be present in spiritually meaningful ways, creating connection that will empower, enhance, and enrich the lives of those with whom I interact."
Thesis: "Next Steps: The Ongoing Journey to Judaism - From Beit Din to Beit Midrash & Beyond"