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Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader today

At HUC-JIR, you will benefit from daily guidance and support from some of Judaism’s best minds. Your studies will be mentored by our faculty, who are transforming current understandings of text, pedagogy, and community building.  Leading scholar-practitioners will ensure that your professional development prepares you for the real-life challenges awaiting you.  Spirituality initiatives will enrich your awareness of God’s presence in your everyday life.  From the student-run soup kitchen and social responsibility projects to Shabbaton and kallah retreats, your life as a student here will be full of meaning and growth.  And your career will offer competitive salaries and benefits in addition to personal fulfillment through outstanding leadership positions in the broadest range of settings.

Become a Rabbi

If you have a deep love for the Jewish people and a commitment to the future of Judaism, you can put your mind and heart to work in a way that will enrich your life and transform the lives of others.  As a spiritual leader and communal pacesetter, you’ll put your values into action to effect positive change. Learn more >

Become a Cantor

If you have the ambition to share music with others as a spiritual leader, you can apply your talents in ways that will lift spirits and forge community while fostering your personal creativity.  You will infuse your life with meaning while you find artistic and spiritual fulfillment as a Jewish leader.  Learn more >

Become a Leader in Jewish Education

Immerse yourself in our buzzing centers of innovation – alive with the joy of experimentation and love for questions.  With full-time, part-time, and executive programs, you will have a lasting impact by shaping communities, fostering identity, and inspiring the next generations of committed Jews. Learn more >

Become a Jewish Nonprofit Professional

You will have the power to build, lead, and transform the remarkable network of organizations, institutions, and agencies advancing the Jewish people and the larger world.  As you model compassion, innovation, and achievement, your vision for a better society will serve and inspire others. Learn more >

Become a Scholar

You can become a link in the long chain of transmitting millennia of Jewish texts and culture by preparing for a life of research, publication, and teaching at colleges and universities worldwide.  Leading scholars will guide your individualized program within a community of students of diverse faiths and international backgrounds. Learn more >

Become a Pastoral Counselor

If you are an ordained member of the clergy aspiring to strengthen your chaplaincy abilities, this program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your capacity to offer compassion and care while bringing hope, health, and healing. Learn more >