Adult Jewish Learning and Living
Adult Jewish Learning and Living (AJLL) encompasses specific programs
that are unique and beneficial to the culture and needs of each
campus of the College-Institute. In addition, AJLL coordinates joint
efforts with affiliates of the Reform movement, particularly in
the training of paraprofessionals, and projects such as Israel Kallah
2000 and the Engaging Torah: Contemporary Insights on Tape
audiocassette series. Adult Jewish Learning and Living has conducted
Institutes for Worship and Study all over the country, designed
to foster adult spirituality and study in a liberal Jewish context.
Its focus also includes coordination arrangements for HUC-JIR scholars
and faculty participation at Reform movement conventions such as
the Union for Reform Judaism national and regional biennials.
Campus-based AJLL programs include:
Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies: Offering a wide variety
of non-credit courses in religious studies for the adult learner,
men and women of many different faiths and backgrounds explore areas
of religion in a spirit of free inquiry.
Beit Midrash / A Liberal Yeshivah in Jerusalem: The Liberal
Yeshivah in Jerusalem is a program for adults from around the world
who want to deepen their understanding of Judaism. Classes are taught
in English using Hebrew texts in translation. Our outstanding faculty
- renowned rabbis and Jewish educators representing the varied streams
of Judaism - are committed to offering our students a meaningful
and pluralistic learning experience. The Liberal Yeshivah is a welcoming
egalitarian community in which Jews can explore prayer and rituals
- both traditional and modern - to enhance their Jewish lives.
Learning opportunities are being developed that will include text
study seminars, guest lecture series, lunchtime programs, and other
educational experiences for the greater Los Angeles community.
New York Kollel: HUC-JIR's Center for Adult Jewish Study
serves Jews from all walks of life who seek to explore their religious
and spiritual identities through study. The program fosters a unique
encounter between the student, teacher, and text in an open and
safe environment, and encourages a sense of belonging in a committed,
caring community of learners.
In the first five years of this program, almost 1,000 adults have
taken courses at Kollel, and hundreds more have participated in
Kollel's lecture series and special events.
Lay Leadership Training
Brit Mila Board of Reform Judaism: A joint project of the CCAR, HUC-JIR, and the Union for Reform Judaism to create a pool of Reform Mohalim/ot to perform Reform Berit Mila (circumcision ceremony). The Board sponsors courses for medical practitioners in the Jewish ritual to become mohalim/ot and the requisite medical techniques.
Institute for Reform Sofrim (with Union for Reform Judaism, CCAR)