After Ordination

“The sun never sets on the graduates of the Hebrew Union College,” aptly said Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus, z”l, Professor of American Jewish History and founder of the American Jewish Archives at HUC-JIR.  Our graduates are truly international, coming from many nations around the world and serving congregations, organizations, and institutions on almost every continent. Rabbinical alumni are forging new entrepreneurial visions and applying the latest technologies to worship experiences and community building, as they provide the leadership for the next generations of our far-flung Jewish people.  

HUC-JIR works closely with the other arms of the Reform Movement and the larger Jewish world to assist our students in finding employment at the conclusion of their studies at the College-Institute. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), and HUC-JIR  together comprise the components of the Rabbinical Placement Commission: the committee of placement professionals, lay leaders, rabbis, and educators who guide in the placement of  rabbinical students (and rabbis already in the field) for employment in Reform synagogues throughout North America. Our Hillel rabbis also have professional placement processes to aid them in this most important milestone. For those interested in international pulpits, HUC-JIR assists in working with the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) placement system.

Rabbinical graduates find personal fulfillment as well as competitive salaries and benefits as leaders in a broad range of settings: 

  • Nearly 900 Reform congregations in North America
  • Progressive Movement synagogues and communities in Israel and around the world
  • Reform congregational schools, Jewish day schools, and boards of Jewish education
  • URJ summer camps and Israel youth programs
  • NFTY youth groups
  • URJ, CCAR, WUPJ, and WRJ program departments
  • Hillel Foundations, Birthright, and Jewish student centers on college campuses
  • Federations and social service agencies
  • National and regional Jewish communal organizations
  • Academic administration and faculty positions at universities
  • Jewish communal and private philanthropic foundations
  • Jewish museums and cultural institutions
  • Jewish community centers and educational outreach organizations
  • Jewish media
  • Chaplaincies and administration in hospitals and hospices
  • U.S. military chaplaincy

HUC-JIR sustains close ties with rabbinical alumni through the Rabbinical Alumni Association, which offers continuing education resources, on campus and distance learning programs, collegial support, and privileges at HUC-JIR’s libraries. Rabbinical alumni serve as mentors to students during their student pulpits and other professional development programs and are vital partners in helping to recruit the next generations of Jewish leaders.


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