The first part of your application includes a few simple questions about your contact information and educational background. Please start your application a few weeks ahead of the deadline: March 3, 2014. Click here to apply.
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 or the Admissions Associate of the DeLeT Fellowship. 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. Simply email DeLeT@huc.edu to set a date and time.
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. Click here to start.
One Academic Reference: A college professor or instructor with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic reference. An appropriate academic reference is from someone who teaches in the humanities or social sciences, as these areas are most similar to studies in DeLeT. If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain an academic reference from an adult or informal education instructor.
One Supervisor Reference: The reference should be a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer, preferably in a Jewish setting.
One Jewish Life Reference: The Jewish life reference should be someone who can describe your involvement in Jewish life and in the Jewish community. ### 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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 email@example.com
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:
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
For international applicants: Year-by-year records from colleges and universities attended are required. The record must indicate the number of hours per week devoted to each course, grades received for each course, and degrees awarded, with dates the degrees were conferred. This information must be provided in English. If this information is not available in English, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have it professionally translated and certified before it is sent to HUC-JIR. If grades are not determined on a 4.0 scale system please include guidelines in English from the school that explain the grading system.
International applicants for whom English is not the first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in approximately 100 centers outside the United States. See the information available at: www.ets.org/toefl. Please note that the TOEFL exam is not a substitute for the GRE. The TOEFL school code for HUC-JIR is 1291.
Part 2 of your application is more in depth and includes program-specific questions. The application deadline is March 3, 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.
As you fill out Part 2 of your online application, you will be prompted to submit your 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 admissions essays, resume and picture should be consolidated into one document that you will be asked to upload. This document cannot exceed 25MB. Prepare three essays, one focusing on your professional aspirations, one on your personal identity, and one reflecting on a Day School Teacher’s Daily Work.
Please limit each response to no more than three double-spaced, typed pages, in a font size of a twelve-point.
Professional Aspirations - Why do you want to be a Jewish day school teacher? What appeals to you about serving the Jewish people this way? What in particular attracts you to the DeLeT program? In your response, it will be important to describe your experiences working with children or adolescents, any teaching experience you have had to date, and how your Jewish education and/or experiences have influenced this decision.
Personal Identity - What are the values, experiences and passions that define you as a person and a Jew, that make you your unique self? Share any anecdotes or thoughts that portray you and give a sense of who you are.
Reflection on Day School Teacher’s Daily Work — Based on an observation you have done recently in a Jewish day school classroom or on experience you have had in a Jewish day school (e.g. teaching assistant), what do you anticipate might be some of the rewards and challenges of the daily work you would be doing as a classroom teacher in a Jewish day school? (If you have not been in a day school classroom in the last year, we suggest you schedule a visit to a Jewish day school near your home in order to prepare you to write this essay.)
A standard C.V. or resume.
A simple portrait to help us recognize you when you visit and maintain our campus security.