Leadership Programs for High School and College Students

High School Programs

Israel: A people, a land, a state

October 24-26, 2014

Yisrael:/Yees-rah-Eil (n.): one who wrestles with God.

How do we struggle with what it means to be Israel - as a land, a people, and as a state? Serious challenges have faced liberal Judaism in recent years in Israel, and many speculate that we relate to Israel differently than past generations. Come join HUC-JIR Rabbinical students and faculty for a weekend of examining modern Israeli society, and exploring challenges facing Israel. Over the course of the weekend we will delve into understanding the various perspectives participants possess regarding Israel, furthering our dialogue through discussion and learning.

Deepening Kavannah: A journey through Jewish Prayer

January 30 - February 1, 2015

Do you ever find yourself sitting in Shabbat Services wondering what the prayers actually mean? Have you ever questioned how these prayers have evolved over the centuries, reflecting the various conversations Jews were having with God? Join HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students and Faculty as we explore Jewish prayer and its evolution. Over the course of the weekend we will deepen our understanding of the liturgy, and explore creative ways to connect to the themes and the text of our prayers.

Roots of Repairing: Understanding the evolution of Tikkun Olam

March 20 - 22, 2015

Before there was justice, there was tzedek. Come join representatives of the Religious Action Center (RAC) along with HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students and Faculty as we explore the roots of Judaism's compulsion to repair the world. Discover why social action is not just about being nice people, and how doing "God's unfinished business" in our world is elevated by our Jewish heritage and experience. Over the course of the weekend we will explore various social justice causes in today's media, and the Jewish responses of how we build a better world for tomorrow.

College Programs

University Israel: Exploring Israel within and beyond campus life.

November 14-16, 2015

Rarely a day goes by when Israel is not mentioned in the news. Between the television reporters and various blogs online, it can be hard to negotiate the sea of information and opinions presented about Israel. Come join HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students and Faculty for a weekend of exploring how we relate to Israel, despite being so many miles away. Connect with other college students from around the country as we examine how to negotiate the politics of Israel on campus and learn to develop the skills to be an informed voice in the conversation. Over the course of the weekend we will delve into understanding the various perspectives participants possess regarding Irael, furthering our dialogue through discussion and learning. 

God's Politics: A look into the role of God in the public sphere

March 27-29, 2015

The separation of church and state is of vital importance to us as a small religious minority, but how separate are they really? How separate should they be? Join HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students and Faculty as we examine religious faith's ever-present and changing role in community life, in business, and in the political realm. Over the course of the weekend we will explore how Jewish texts help us negotiate the difficult ehtical questions that face our goverment.

Nominate A Student!

Know someone who would be an excellent participant for one of our programs? Nominate them! All nominated students will be directly contacted by our National Office of Recruitment and Admissions, inviting them to attend the weekend. More information can be found by calling (513) 487-3200 or  HUCyouth@huc.edu

This year's programs are co-sponsored by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the American Jewish Archives, and NFTY.