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Mission Statement

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is North America’s premier institution of Jewish higher education and the center for professional leadership development of Reform Judaism. A multi-campus academic and spiritual learning community, HUC-JIR builds vibrant progressive Judaism in North America, Israel and around the globe by:

  • Studying the great issues of Jewish life, history and thought with an open, egalitarian, inclusive and pluralistic spirit;
  • Educating innovative, visionary clergy and professionals who embody the sustaining values, responsibilities, practices and texts of Jewish tradition to inspire future generations; and
  • Advancing the critical study of Judaism and Jewish culture in accordance with the highest standards of modern academic scholarship.