Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Catalyze your impact as a Jewish educational leader.

Do you currently work as a leader in the field of Jewish education, and wish to pursue an advanced academic and professional degree? Are you searching for a part-time, flexible program that will help you to deepen your practice and support you in your next career steps, and fit into your already packed calendar? Are you craving a cohort of thought partners to nuture and challenge you in your work as a leader? 

Strengthen your authentic voice as a leader to better position yourself within your own organization and in the greater Jewish educational landscape. Strengthen your skills and knowledge while continuing to live and work where you already are. 

If you are a Jewish educator with a minimum of five years experience in an educational leadership position, our Executive M.A. in Jewish Education is the next step in broadening your professional impact. Gain the skills, knowledge and dispositions to effectively enable contemporary Jews to access Jewish wisdom and connectedness at the key moments in their lives.

Deciding to enroll in a graduate program is a big step. In order to give you a good sense of the experience, to introduce you to HUC-JIR's online environment and to connect you with other individuals considering the program, we invite you to take the program for a test drive. All potential applicants complete a prerequisite online course, Introduction to Jewish Educational Leadership. This 6-week course begins in early January 2021 and ends in mid-February. You will receive two units of credit towards your M.A. degree (and any other graduate degree should you not enroll in the Executive M.A. program.) Applications for admission to the program are due approximately 2 weeks following the end of the course so you will have ample time to get a sense of whether the online learning environment and time commitment work for you. There is a $350 enrollment fee for this course.

In this time of COVID-19 the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion is committed to the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff. In these unpredictable times we remain physically distant, spiritually connected and learning together.  In light of the realities through which we are now living, some elements of the Executive MA program may be adjusted to ensure everyone's safety. We will do our best to keep this website updated and, should you have any questions about COVID-related program changes, please contact program director, Dr. Lesley Litman at llitman@huc.edu.

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Program Details:

We offer a rigorous academic program designed with active professionals in mind. We want to expand your learning and education while enabling you to continue building momentum in your current role. Expand your capacity for imagination and risk-taking by stepping outside your daily world. Immerse in a creativity intensive where you will learn with teaching artists. During your two years at HUC-JIR you will:

    • Surround yourself with a supportive cohort of colleagues and professional peers.
    • Attend intensive onsite seminars at our campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem, in addition to convenient e-learning courses. 
    • Study in Israel for ten days, weaving together your professional and spiritual journey
    • Imagine and incubate new programs and curricula in your current and future places of employment, guided by clinical faculty mentors who are veterans in the field.
    • Learn new communication skills for a digital age.
    • Activate your creativity, deepen reflection, and broaden repertoires of thinking and educating through creative and artistic mediums.

Post Graduation:

Emerge from this innovative program with enhanced knowledge, honed pedagogical skills, and a strengthened leadership capacity that will enable you to enrich your career, enhance your role as a Jewish educator, and transform Jewish education in your own institution and beyond.

Our students and alumni currently serve as:

    • Director of Lifelong Learning, congregation
    • Director, Midrasha
    • Camp Director, URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy
    • Director of Jewish Learning, day school
    • Director of Families with Young Children
    • Dean of Student and Family Life, day school
    • Director of Jewish Learning Initiatives, Jewish Federation
    • Founder and Director, Lev Children’s Museum
    • Director of Teen Engagement
    • Program Officer, Jewish Foundation
    • Director of Jewish Learning Connections, Central Agency 
    • Director of Leadership Institute
    • Executive Director, Congregation
    • Director Of Knowledge Management and Collaboration at Hillel International

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