44th Annual Summer Culmination Exercises
Six students received Graduate Certificates in Jewish Nonprofit Management on August 6, 2013 during the 44th SJNM Culmination Ceremony at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. The featured speaker was Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director of the JCC in Manhattan, who was also this summer’s Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence.
The following students received their Graduate Certificates in Jewish Nonprofit Management:
to read Rabbi Joy Levitt’s address, “The Times They Are A-Changin’."
Click on the following links to view the 2013 Culmination videos:
2013 Lunch and Learn Encounter Seminar: “Trends in (Jewish) Philanthropy”
This year’s Lunch & Learn Encounter Seminar focuses on “Trends in (Jewish) Philanthropy.” Leading figures in the LA and Jewish philanthropic communities have been invited to speak about some of the program changes happening in the world of philanthropy, including:
- The emergence of mega-givers and mega-foundations who are influencing the communal agenda.
- Generational transfers of wealth and the emergence of a younger generation of donors with dramatically different perspectives, experiences, visions and expectations.
- The introduction of venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, guided by the standards, practices and expectations of the for-profit arena.
For more information and to view videos of the sessions, click here
2013 SJNM Graduation
Seven students received their MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management on May 14, 2013 at the HUC-JIR graduation ceremonies on the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.
Brian Avner, MAJNM/MAJE
Sarah Craemer, MAJNM/MBA
Natalie Davidowitz, MAJNM/MAJE
Natalie Farahan, MAJNM/MPA
Aaron Gorodzinsky, MAJNM
Mindy Sherry, MAJNM/MAJE
Daniel Tarle, MAJNM/MBA
In addition, Deborah Burg-Schnirman, Class of 1988, received the degree of Doctor of Jewish Nonprofit Management, honoris causa
2012-13 Spiegel Seminar
The topic of this year’s Spiegel Seminar on Stigmatized Behavior is “But I Thought You Were Fine: Getting a Grip on Mental Health.” Founded by alumna Marty Spiegel, the annual multi-session Spiegel Seminar is co-sponsored by the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. Over the course of the year, students will hear from speakers about their personal experiences with various types of mental health issues and discuss ways we, as Jewish professionals, can be better informed and prepared to address these in our own careers, communities and organizations.
About Our Name
In December 2010, the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service became the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. The name was chosen after months… actually a couple of years… of discussion and deliberation. As Richard Siegel, the current director of the school, observed in a recent issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service
: “Part of the role of a school that educates Jewish professional leaders is to define the conceptual network in which the graduates will be entering. We believe that in its broadest reaches this network is the nonprofit sector, which aligns the school with those who seek the public good and the betterment of civil society. Within that sector, we have a special responsibility, a scared task to bring the values and wisdom of Jewish history, tradition, and culture to enrich the Jewish experience and improve the societies in which we work.”
In Memory of Debbie Friedman – “Shalom Aleichem”
During the 2010 Summer Session, Debbie Friedman spoke with the SJNM students as part of our series on “Presenting Culture: (In)Forming Jewish Identity.” As she was wrapping up her session, she was asked what she was working on, and she said that she had just written a new melody for “Shalom Aleichem.” We asked if she could give us a preview, and of course she obliged. One of our students, Hannah Rubin-Schlansky, fortuitously recorded it on her IPhone (see link below).
One note. She changed the last verse from “Tsayt-chem l’shalom” (Go in Peace) to “Shuv-chem l’shalom” (Return in Peace) and made a point of asking us to make that substitution when we sing her melody. She wanted to make sure that the angels knew that we wanted them to come back to us. Perhaps as we sing this, her spirit will come back to us, as well. May her memory be a blessing.
Click here for the recording.