The Frances-Henry Library
The Frances-Henry Library at HUC-JIR’s Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles collects, preserves, and makes available a carefully selected variety of library materials in support of all the educational, professional, and vocational programs of the school. The Library also supports the academic partnership with the University of Southern California and its constituencies. As a major Jewish informational resource, it serves the reference and research needs of the Greater Los Angeles community and other parts of the continental West Coast and Hawaii. Learn more
The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation, & Gender Identity
The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation, & Gender Identity at HUC-JIR is a unique entity within the Jewish community with its explicit mission of preparing Jewish leadership with the capacity, compassion, and skills to change congregational attitudes, policies, and, indeed, Jewish society so as to include each and every Jew, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. By encouraging dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues among the organizational arms of the Reform Movement in the United States, Israel, and the rest of the world, as well as with local and national educational and social service organizations, the Institute will create a unique space where Jewish tradition, ethics, and values combine in the spirit of social justice, holiness, and community. Learn more
The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
In the connections between Judaism and health, the Kalsman Institute of HUC-JIR is a catalyst for interaction, discussions and partnerships among spiritual leaders, healthcare providers, and Jewish community professionals and members. Kalsman provides pastoral education to future Reform leaders on the Los Angeles HUC-JIR campus. Conferences and workshops convened and co-sponsored by Kalsman generate ideas and projects on Jewish spirituality and healing, bioethics, illness and wellness, and the health of the healthcare system. Through an international network of nearly 2000 Kalsman Partners, the Institute makes positive contributions to Jewish thought and practice through training, collaboration and dialogue. Learn more
The Museum at the Jack H. Skirball Campus
The HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles gives the arts an important role in the educational process. Through twice yearly curated exhibits in the Mercaz, rotating displays throughout campus, and interaction with artists, the learning community of students and faculty come to understand that the arts are but another form of midrashic language, which has the power to express Jewish content and values. Learn more
The Tartak Learning Center
The Tartak Learning Center, located in the Mercaz on the ground floor of the Jack H. Skirball Campus, is a major repository of print and electronic educational resources, with over 5,000 items to aid students and alumni of HUC-JIR, principals and teachers in religious schools and day schools, adult educators, camp directors and counselors, communal service professionals, rabbis, and cantors.
In addition to materials from the major Jewish educational publishers, the collection includes over 230 Curricula and Curriculum Guides prepared by students of the RHSOE since 1982. These unpublished materials are not available anywhere else, but are freely available as PDFs upon request.
Efforts are also made to make students aware of the vast array of educational resources beyond the books in the collection. Holiday resource fairs are conducted for the campus community several times during the year, enabling students and visitors to collect printed materials and links to online content. The newsletter “M’korot Mit’chadshim
,” is distributed quarterly, in print or via email. Learn more