Application Instructions - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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1. Application Part One - Start HERE

Application Part One includes a few simple questions about your contact information and educational background. Please read through all the application instructions and complete all elements of the application by the deadline for which you wish to apply (Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3). If you have any questions please contact

  • Round 1 Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Round 2 Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Round 3 Deadline: March 1, 2020

2. Preliminary Consultation

As part of your application process to becoming a Jewish Nonprofit Management Professional through HUC-JIR, we encourage you to speak with a professional in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment or the Director of the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better, for you to ask your questions and be sure now is the right time for you to apply to HUC-JIR. Email to set a date and time.

3. Recommendation Letters

Good references come from individuals who know you well enough to give the Admissions Committee input on your candidacy and reflect on specific experiences you have had that make you a strong candidate. Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of your references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than four letters of reference. The individuals you list as references will receive an email from HUC Admissions informing them that you have requested they write a letter of reference on your behalf. It is recommended that you are in touch with your chosen references prior to filling out this online form to alert them that they will receive this emailed request.

 Please allow each reference enough time (at least one month) to complete his or her letter of reference. If you wish to substitute, delete, or add references after you have submitted their names in the online Reference Letter Request Form, you must report this in writing to the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions by emailing .

References for Applying to the Certificate in Jewish Organizational Leadership

  • One Academic Reference: College professors or instructors with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic references. If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain academic references from adult or informal education instructors.

  • One Professional Reference: Please request a professional reference from a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer, preferably in a Jewish setting.

Confidentiality of References

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, provides students the right to inspect their records. This includes letters of recommendation submitted in the application process. HUC-JIR carefully reviews all letters of reference. However, we find that letters written in confidence are most useful in assessing a candidate’s qualifications and promise. By using the Reference Letter Request Form, you are automatically waiving your right. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

4. Transcripts

Please request transcripts 60 days before the application deadline. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview.

Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following:

  • The college from which you graduated as well as any other colleges you attended. (This includes any school at which you took a college-level course for transfer credit.)
  • Any graduate schools where you have been enrolled, as well as schools where you have taken graduate-level classes.
  • Any “Year Abroad” programs or other foreign study. (If grades from international programs are recorded on your college transcript you do not need to submit a separate transcript.)
  • Your HUC-JIR transcript, if you are a current HUC-JIR student or alumnus. 

Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:

National Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

5. Application Part Two

You will receive access to Application Part Two within one business day of completing Application Part One. Part Two contains more in depth and program specific questions. Additionally you will upload your essay and other supporting documents in this application. These should all be submitted as in .pdf format.  All application materials must be received in order to schedule an interview. You will have the opportunity to give your interview preferences at the end of Application Part Two.

6. Short Essay:

In no more than three double spaced pages, explain why you would like to add the Certificate in Organizational Jewish Leadership. How do you see the Certification in Organization Leadership shaping your work? Please be sure to use a legible font and at least one inch margins. You should also be sure to spell check and proofread your essay carefully. The Admissions Committee pays attention to the form, as well as the content of the admissions essay. 

7. Resume:

A standard C.V. or resume.

8. Photo:

A simple portrait to help us recognize you when you visit and maintain our campus security.