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Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader

A teacher affects eternity.

Do you appreciate the day school environment and think you could enrich that experience? Do you wish you had the skills to apply your knowledge of Judaism, literature, or science in a setting that will have an impact? If you love working with children from kindergarten through eighth grade, your experience as a DeLeT fellow will help you define your future professional direction.

DeLeT, a program of the HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, is dedicated to fostering teaching excellence in Jewish day schools in North America. You will spend one academic year in a mentored internship teaching in a Jewish day school in Los Angeles, San Diego, or the San Francisco Bay area while you participate on-site or by video-conference in weekly seminars taught by scholars and practitioners in the growing field of day school education. Additionally, you will spend five weeks of the summers before and after the academic year studying on the HUC-JIR campus.

Our goal is to prepare Jewish day school teachers who consider active leadership and open exchange among colleagues as normal instruments of continuous improvement in teaching and learning. This requires a fundamental commitment to the proposition that teacher learning is part of the ongoing work of teachers. As a result, Jewish day school students will receive the benefits of maximum contact with and influence from experienced, highly effective teachers who are continuing to study and improve their practice.

DeLeT seeks to identify candidates who exhibit commitment to serving the Jewish people through Jewish education in the context of the Jewish day school. Successful candidates demonstrate a reflective capacity and the self-understanding necessary for personal and professional growth. You will have experience working with children and will develop the stamina and resiliency needed by day school teachers.

Upon completion of the fellowship, you will emerge with the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Certificate in Day School Teaching from HUC-JIR. You will join almost 200 day school teachers who have participated in DeLeT at HUC-JIR, along with our partner DeLeT program at Brandeis University.

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.


Jewish day schools have become one of the fastest growing institutions on the American Jewish landscape and the increase in the number of Jewish day schools created a need for more and better-trained teachers. Responding to this need, philanthropist Laura Lauder founded DeLeT - Day School Leadership through Teaching. Professor Sharon Feiman-Nemser at Brandeis University and Dr. Michael Zeldin at HUC-JIR were challenged to create a state-of-the-art program to prepare day school teachers and Lauder assembled a group of generous and creative philanthropists to support this innovative effort. HUC-JIR and Brandeis University formed partnerships with local day schools and developed DeLeT, a unique 13-month teacher education program to foster core knowledge, skills, and professional development needed for effective day school teaching.