Learning Opportunities

The Rhea Hirsch School of Education provides a rich combination of academic, professional, and religious programming. Each year, several programs are offered to supplement formal coursework. Full participation in these programs is required. Specific dates are announced the summer proceeding each academic year.

The Sara S. Lee Seminar is a 24-hour retreat focused on the presentation of a guest scholar who brings his or her expertise in issues related to the American Jewish community to bear on Jewish education. The retreat held every other fall includes services and other opportunities to forge the Rhea Hirsch School of Education learning community. The “Sara Seminar” is named for Sara S. Lee, the long-time Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. It is sponsored by the RHSOE Alumni Association.

The Cutter Colloquium is a 24-hour retreat focused on the presentation of a guest scholar who brings his or her expertise in education to bear on Jewish education. The retreat held every other fall includes services and other opportunities to forge the Rhea Hirsch School of Education learning community. The Cutter Colloquium is named for Rabbi Dr. William Cutter, the Founding Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. It is sponsored by the RHSOE Alumni Association.

The Alumnus-in-Residence Program brings an outstanding alumnus or alumna to campus for three days of programming every other fall. The alumnus or alumna is selected by his or her peers for outstanding achievement as a Jewish educator. He or she teaches in several RHSOE classes as well as in special seminars. Students also have a chance to meet with the alumnus or alumna individually to discuss issues related to professional life as a Jewish educator. The Alumnus-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the RHSOE Alumni Association.

The Educator-in-Residence Program brings an outstanding Jewish educator to campus for three days of programming every other year. The educator is selected because of interesting work he or she is doing in Jewish education. He or she conducts an evening seminar, and a lunch-and-learn program and teaches in several RHSOE classes.

The RHSOE Alumni Association sponsors a weekend study Kallah every other year. Students spend Shabbat leading services, and studying and networking with alumni. The Kallah is an opportunity for students to meet alumni and begin the process of integration into the Alumni Association.

Other Educational Opportunites

As a student in the MAJE program, you will have the opportunity to apply to two additional programs which complement your learning in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Since these programs are only able to enroll a limited number of students, not all students who apply are accepted into these programs.

The HUC-JIR/Pardes (The Day Schools of Reform Judaism) Externship Program is designed to give students an in-depth introduction to Reform Jewish day school education. The program is held each year in the weeks following HUC/LA graduation. RHSOE externs along with rabbinic students from all three campuses, cantorial students, and students in the New York School of Education, spend one week at a Reform Jewish day school (a different school is selected each year). Externs observe throughout the school day for an entire week. They teach and learn with and from day school stakeholders including students, faculty, parents, board members, donors, founders, administrative leaders, and Reform and communal leaders advocating for and supporting the day school. In preparation for the week at the school, externs participate in a video seminar with HUC-JIR education faculty. In addition, they are expected to prepare and facilitate presentations about day school education on the Jack Skirball Campus during the following academic year.

The iCenter’s Masters Concentration in Israel Education provides RHSOE and New York School of Education students, along with masters level students at five other institutions of Jewish education, the opportunity to grapple with the challenging issues involved in Israel education. Students participate in three seminars over 15 months, receive a stipend for short-term study in Israel, receive mentorship from an Israel educator in the field, and prepare a project on Israel education.