Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi was awarded an honorary Doctor of Hebrew Letters by Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies on February 7, 2010, in recognition of his work as one of the worldʼs leading interpreters of Jewish music. Hazzan Mizrahi joins a long and distinguished list of Spertus Honorary Degree recipients, including such notable figures in Jewish scholarship and culture as Abraham Joshua Heschel (who was honored in 1971), Elie Wiesel (1973), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1978), Cynthia Ozick (1991), and E.L. Doctorow (1998). Since the first honorary degree from Spertus was awarded in 1949, only a few musicians have been recognized, including Shulamit Ran (1994) and Michael Tilsen Thomas (1995).
Hazzan Mizrahi was presented his degree as part of a special Celebration of Jewish Learning and Leadership that included the inauguration of Dr. Hal M. Lewis as the eighth president of Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, a commencement ceremony for graduates of Spertusʼ innovative Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies program and acclaimed Masters and Doctoral programs in Jewish Studies, and a keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and a leading commentator on the American Jewish experience.
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