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Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader

Jewish education has long been valued as a tool for cultural preservation and continuity; but we believe that Jewish education is poised to achieve so much more. We envision a Jewish educational enterprise that provides learners with the trove of resources, analytical tools, curiosity, and commitments to lead the creative adaptation and cultural disruption that enables each new generation in history to reinvigorate Judaism and Jewish life. We are guided by a vision of Jewish education that faces not only inward to enrich our own community, but outward: engaging the world, informing society, and transforming the lives of individuals, families and communities.

We aim to cultivate Jewish educators who can create the conditions for inspired, substantive, connected Jewish learning experiences; who can guide their learners to weave distinctively Jewish wisdom into creative thinking that enriches people’s lives; who, through their work, strengthen humanity and uplift society. Our mission is to prepare professional Jewish educational leaders and educators who:

  • Possess the skills, depth of knowledge, and relationships to be forward-thinking agents of change in the broad landscape of Jewish learning and engagement
  • Design, create, lead and teach in institutions, communities and programs that make Judaism accessible, inspiring and meaningful for all
  • Apply vision, passion, creative thinking and practical expertise to their work
  • Lead, manage and educate courageously in a time of uncertainty, instability and opportunity
  • Utilize Jewish education to enrich the lives of individuals, and strengthen their families, communities and society.

We offer several pathways for Jewish educators to advance their careers:

Academic Programs

HUC-JIR students smiling next to one anotherM.A. in Educational Leadership 

Question What Is. Imagine What Can Be.

Are you launching your career as a Jewish educational leader? Our M.A. in Educational Leadership, based at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, is designed for creative, dynamic, passionate educators who are eager to lead change, curate Jewish learning experiences, and transform the world through education. Engage in innovative professional work while pursuing graduate studies to advance your career and become a more effective change-maker. Learn more about the M.A. in Educational Leadership or contact us at

Executive M.A. students with books open talking to one anotherThe Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education

The Joy of Experimentation. A Love of Big Questions.

The Executive M.A. in Jewish education is designed for leaders with at least five years of experience in a Jewish educational leadership position. The degree offers a stellar cohort of passionate professionals who study at in-person intensives and online with HUC-JIR’s renowned academic faculty and clinical faculty mentors. The introductory “Taste of the Executive M.A.” Introduction to Jewish Leadership course will be offered in Fall 2019.  Learn more about the Executive M.A. Program or contact Dr. Lesley Litman, Program Director, at


DeLeT teacher with young students with books open smiling and laughingDeLeT - Day School Teachers For A New Generation

A Teacher Affects Eternity.

See what teaching excellence and innovation in Jewish day schools is all about, and along the way, find the path to fulfill your values and goals while making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Earn a California State Teaching Credential and a Certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching in this 13-month program which uniquely combines graduate-level coursework and a yearlong internship in a Jewish Day School in Los Angeles, San Diego, or the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about DeLeT or contact us at


M.A. in Pluralistic Jewish Education students at Israel GraduationRikma: M.A. in Education in Israel

Promote Pluralistic Judaism in Israel.

If you are an Israeli educator seeking to implement pluralistic Jewish education in your Israeli educational institution, explore RIKMA, our two-year program in Israel, requiring one day of on-campus study per week at our Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. Students receive an M.A. in Education from the Hebrew University upon successful completion of the program. Learn more about Rikma or contact Dr. Muszkat-Barkan at

Professional Development Opportunities

Three women talking about early child education around a table with a book openJewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute

Are you a new director of a Jewish early childhood education program? Do you aspire to be a leader of such a program? Contribute more deeply to the Jewish culture of your program, learn and apply proven leadership skills, and connect your early childhood program to your institution. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently launched a cohort of JECELI in Los Angeles. Learn more about JECELI and meet the fellows in the 2019-2020 Los Angeles cohort. 


Students smiling during studiesThe Experiential Jewish Education Network

The Experiential Jewish Education Network is a diverse learning network that offers opportunities for connection, collaboration, and professional development for experiential Jewish educators.  Learn more.



Engagement with the Field to Transform Jewish Education

Experiment in Congregational EducationExperiment in Congregational Education

For two decades, the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) guided congregations to revitalize themselves by bringing Jewish learning to every aspect of congregational life. HUC-JIR faculty continue to engage in educational consultations. Learn more about the history of ECE and the ECE toolbox, or contact us at for inquiries.