|Statement of Mission and Purpose|
HUC-JIR is a religious and scholarly learning community dedicated to:
- Developing Jewish professional and lay leaders to transmit and apply to contemporary life the sustaining values,
responsibilities and texts of our tradition;
- Applying the open and pluralistic spirit of the Reform movement to the study of the great issues of Jewish life and thought.
- Advancing the critical study of Jewish culture and related disciplines in accordance with the highest standards of
modern academic scholarship.
HUC-JIR serves as:
- The educational and intellectual center of Reform Judaism:
- Training and sustaining rabbis, cantors, communal and educational professionals throughout their careers for service to
Reform Judaism and klal Yisrael;
- Providing higher learning for scholars of religion of all faiths;
- Supporting the educational and spiritual growth of lay leadership for the Reform movement;
- Creating and disseminating scholarly research and publication;
- Preserving and providing access to library, archival and museum resources;
- Working with Jewish institutions worldwide to enhance Jewish life, learning and values and to shape the Jewish experience of
- A Jewish religious community built on God, Torah, avodah, mitzvot, and Tikkun Ha-olam:
- Integrating Jewish tradition, academic knowledge and professional competence in the development of our students;
- Creating a religious community that gives meaning to the educational experience and provides a model for students to take
with them into their lives and work;
- Instilling in its members exceptional leadership skills and spiritual growth enabling them to become catalysts of
transformation in the creation of vibrant Jewish communities.
- An innovative resource and learning center working with Reform congregations and leaders, the Jewish organizational world
and the religious and academic community at large;
- Providing a forum for creative Jewish thought;
- Acknowledging and supporting a diverse community of scholars, students and staff committed to academic freedom and
- Contributing to the real-life decisions and growth of the Reform Jewish community worldwide;
- Sustaining a vital relationship with the People and the Land by cultivating the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel.