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Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader

Jewish education is changing and needs leaders like you.

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Are you intellectually curious, ready to be challenged academically, and eager to apply your creativity and enthusiasm to breathe new life into our cherished traditions? Become a leader in Jewish education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Here, you will find a community whose passion for the future is balanced with a respect for the past, because only leaders who have been immersed in precious traditions will be able to breathe new life into them. As you develop the knowledge, skills, and strategies to be an innovator and leader in this growing field, you will become empowered to strengthen your community and sustain the transmission of our heritage from generation to generation.

Our community is an ongoing celebration of curious minds, questions without easy answers, and Jewish life. We invite you to be part of that celebration.

Generous scholarships available.


Academic Programs

HUC-JIR students smiling next to one anotherM.A. Programs in Los Angeles and New York 

Question What Is. Imagine What Can Be.

This is the place to help write the Jewish future empowered with a strong foundation in the past. As a full-time student becoming a leader in Jewish education, you can combine ancient wisdom with up-to-date innovation and bring new relevance to Jewish tradition. Your journey will take you to Israel, where you will spend a year building a solid foundation for your personal search for answers, followed by two more years of study, collaboration, and practical experience at our Los Angeles or New York campuses. Learn more> about our program in Los Angeles. Learn more> about our program in New York. Contact us:


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.

If you are a leader in Jewish education with 5 years of experience in a Jewish educational leadership position, we invite you to enroll in our “taste of the Executive MA” 6-week pre-requisite online course, Introduction to Jewish Educational Leadership, which begins February 20, 2017.  Senior faculty members Dr. Sam Joseph and Dr. Adriane Leveen teach the course.  For more information and to register, and to learn more about the Executive MA program, please 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> Contact us:


M.A. in Pluralistic Jewish Education students at Israel GraduationM.A. in Pluralistic Jewish 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 our advanced M.A. in Pluralistic Jewish Education, with Hebrew Uiversity’s Melton Centre, at Taube Family Campus, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. Learn more: English>עִברִית>. Contact us:


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 is launching a cohort of JECELI in Los Angeles. Learn more>


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

The Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) is an innovative project with over ten years of pioneering experience in synagogue transformation. The ECE guides congregations to revitalize themselves by bringing Jewish learning to every aspect of congregational life. Learn more>


Reading from the TorahB'nai Mitzvah Revolution

B’nai Mitzvah Revolution aims to empower synagogues to return depth and meaning to Jewish learning and reduce the staggering rates of post-b’nai mitzvah dropout. We share with many synagogues a growing unease about the way b’nai mitzvah are celebrated, and the fact that b’nai mitzvah preparation has, in many cases, supplanted other goals of synagogue educational endeavors. Learn more>