NEW YORK — Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz of Temple Beth El in Springfield is among the 45 rabbis who were awarded honorary doctorates by The Jewish Theological Seminary on Sunday, Jan. 31 at an online convocation. JTS celebrated and honored the achievements of these important spiritual leaders and expressed appreciation for their contributions to Jewish life. Each recipient of the Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, has served the Jewish community and the Conservative Movement with distinction for over 25 years
Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, chancellor of JTS, conferred the degrees and delivered remarks on the occasion. Rabbi Daniel S. Nevins, dean of the Division of Religious Leadership and Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School delivered a d’var Torah, and he along with Rabbi Julia Andelman, director of Community Engagement at JTS, presented the honorary degree candidates. Rabbi Gordon Tucker, vice chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement, offered a blessing to the honorees. Alan Levine, Esq., chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed the assembled, and Rabbi Stewart Vogel, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, delivered greetings on behalf of the RA. Rabbis Gordon Bernat-Kunin, Howard Stecker, and Valerie Stessin delivered remarks on behalf of the honorees.