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1. Application Part 1

  • A few simple questions about your contact information and educational background.
  • Please start your application a few weeks ahead of the deadline: January 13, 2014

2. Preliminary Consultation

As part of your application process to becoming an educational leader through HUC-JIR, we encourage you to speak with a professional in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment. 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. Simply 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.

References for Applying to DeLet

  • One Academic Reference: one reference must be from a member of the HUC-JIR faculty with whom you have engaged in serious academic study, preferably your faculty advisor.

  • One Professional Reference: this reference should be a supervisor with whom you have worked since you began your studies at HUC-JIR.

  • 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.

Reminders regarding references:

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 Admissions by emailing

4. Transcripts

  • On the Application, you can give the admissions department permission to pull your original admissions file transcripts and provide them to the admissions committee. Contact if you have any questions regarding this.

  • On the application, you’ll find a link to ask the registrar to provide your HUC-JIR transcript to the admissions committee. This form is also available at

  • If you’ve attended an educational institution since your original admission to HUC-JIR, please request these transcript(s) 60 days before the application deadline.

    Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:

National Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3077 University Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007.

6. Part 2 of the application

  • A More in depth and program-specific questions.
  • The application deadline is January 13, 2014 . All application materials, including Part 2 of your application, letters of references, transcripts and test results, must be received by the deadline in order to be offered an admissions interview.

Personal Statement and Admissions Essays

  • As you fill out Part 2 of your online application, you will be prompted to submit your Personal Statement and Admissions Essays. Your answers to the following questions help us get to know you as an individual, a student, a Jew, and a Jewish educator. Your two essays, resume and picture should be consolidated into one document that you will be asked to upload. Please respond to each of the following questions separately.

Personal Statement:

Please limit your response to the two questions to a total of six double-spaced, typed pages.

  1. Please describe a powerful Jewish learning experience that you designed or in which you were a participant. What characteristics made it powerful? What ideas do you have for making it even more powerful should it be repeated in the future?
  2. Identify an event or experience in a Jewish institution in which you were involved as a participant or in a leadership role (synagogue, camp, day school, federation), where a change was proposed and attempted. What strategies did the institutional leader use to bring about the change? What aspects of the institution supported bringing about the change and what aspects were barriers? What insight about leadership and change did you take away that might influence how you see yourself in a leadership role in the future?


  • A standard C.V. or resume. Please update your resume to include any activities and organizations you’ve been a part of since becoming a student.


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