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Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults

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Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader

Curiosity. Innovation. Empowerment.

You are a leader working with youth and young adults. You know what it means to plan youth group events, program at camp, and facilitate retreats. Your “classroom” is the youth lounge, a living room, a soup kitchen, a summer camp, an Israel tour bus, or a village in West Africa.

Have you wished you:

  • Knew more about the teens and young adults with whom you work?
  • Had more tools in your backpack for innovative Jewish education?
  • Understood more clearly how you can make a difference?

Earn a Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s nine month program offers you the chance to study topics critical to working with youth, teens, and young adults.

Our program consists of online courses, face-to-face intensives, a 7-day institute, mentorship, and a field-related action project. Your courses will focus on adolescent development, experiential learning, program planning, change theory, uses of social media, the arts, service learning, and more.

Apply your creativity to a new generation at a time that is critical to ensuring their Jewish identity, affiliation, and participation as adults.

The Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative provides a total of $45 million in grants to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and Yeshiva University to increase the number and enhance the quality of Jewish educators working with Jewish youth and young adults. Funding of up to $15 million, per institution, will support the development of new certificate and degree programs and training and mentoring new and practicing education professionals over the next five years.

The Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative at HUC-JIR expands our education programs to reach a wide variety of people from across the United States with a broad range of interests in the field of Jewish education. In addition to generous scholarships, the initiative enables HUC-JIR to create an Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education; certificates in the Jewish education of adolescents and emerging adults and in Jewish early childhood education; alumni induction and retention programs; and a joint rabbinical-education program in Cincinnati and cantorial-education program in New York (to complement the current rabbinical-education programs in Los Angeles and New York).