Application Instructions - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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1. Application Part One - Start HERE

The first part of your application includes a few simple questions about your contact information and educational background.  Please read through all the application instructions and complete all elements of the application by the July 31, 2020 deadline. If you have any questions please contact

2. Preliminary Consultation

As part of your application process to becoming an educational leader through HUC-JIR, we encourage you to speak with a professional in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment or the Admissions Associate of the DeLeT Fellowship. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better, for you to ask your questions and be sure now is the right time for you to apply to HUC-JIR. Simply email to set a date and time.

3. Recommendation Letters

Good references come from individuals who know you well enough to give the Admissions Committee input on your candidacy and reflect on specific experiences you have had that make you a strong candidate. Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of your references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than four letters of reference. The individuals you list as references will receive an email from HUC-JIR Admissions informing them that you have requested they write a letter of reference on your behalf. It is recommended that you are in touch with your chosen references prior to filling out this online form to alert them that they will receive this emailed request.

Please allow each reference enough time (at least one month) to complete his or her letter of reference. If you wish to substitute, delete, or add references after you have submitted their names in the online Reference Letter Request Form, you must report this in writing to the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions by emailing

References for Applying to DeLeT

Two references are required for the DeLeT Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Hebrew. References may fall within any of the following categories:

  • Academic Reference: A college professor or instructor with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic reference. An appropriate academic reference is from someone who teaches in the humanities or social sciences, as these areas are most similar to studies in DeLeT. If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain academic references from an adult or informal education instructor.

  • Supervisor Reference: The reference should be a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer, preferably in a Jewish setting.

  • Jewish Life Reference: The Jewish life reference should be someone who can describe your involvement in Jewish life and in the Jewish community.

Confidentiality of References

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, provides students the right to inspect their records. This includes letters of recommendation submitted in the application process. HUC-JIR carefully reviews all letters of reference. However, we find that letters written in confidence are most useful in assessing a candidate’s qualifications and promise. By using the Reference Letter Request Form, you are automatically waiving your right. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

4. Transcripts

Please request transcripts 60 days before the application deadline. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview.  Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following:

  • The college from which you graduated as well as any other colleges you attended. (This includes any school at which you took a college-level course for transfer credit.)
  • Any graduate schools where you have been enrolled, as well as schools where you have taken graduate-level classes.
  • Any “Year Abroad” programs or other foreign study. (If grades from international programs are recorded on your college transcript you do not need to submit a separate transcript.)

Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
For international applicants: Year-by-year records from colleges and universities attended are required. The record must indicate the number of hours per week devoted to each course, grades received for each course, and degrees awarded, with dates the degrees were conferred. This information must be provided in English. If this information is not available in English, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have it professionally translated and certified before it is sent to HUC-JIR. If grades are not determined on a 4.0 scale system please include guidelines in English from the school that explain the grading system.

5. Part Two of the Application

Part 2 of your application is more in depth and includes program-specific questions.   All application materials, including Part 2 of your application, letters of references, transcripts and test results, must be received by the deadline in order to be offered an admissions interview.

6. Admissions Essays

Limit your response to the two questions to a total of 4 double spaced, typed pages. One should be written in Hebrew one should be written in English.

1)      What experiences in your life led you to want to be the best Hebrew teacher you can be?

2)      Tell us about a recent change you have made in your professional or personal life. After you describe the change, reflect on what you learned. 

7. Resume

A standard C.V. or resume.