The professionals in the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions at HUC-JIR welcome you to contact them for information about the program and the application requirements. If you are interested in learning more about a specific program, you can contact that program directly at:
You will receive a response from one of the individuals listed below. Feel free to contact the relevant person directly to discuss your graduate education plans, and to set up a preliminary consultation, to occur either by phone or in person. You may also wish to tell us more about you and request more information.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., serves as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions, President’s Scholar, and Director of the Office of Community Engagement. Rabbi Sabath leads the Department of Admissions and Recruitment, including fostering partnerships with Jewish agencies, programs and organizations. Rabbi Sabath Beit-Halachmi oversees applicants’ interviewing on the Cincinnati campus. She is the key professional working with the departments of alumni engagement, development and academic affairs. You will find her travelling extensively around North America on speaking engagements, teaching and reaching out to anyone interested in taking the next steps to exploring a meaningful career in Jewish communal life or scholarship.
Rabbi Adam Allenberg, Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Los Angeles, assists the department in creating and implementing new strategies for recruitment and oversees the admissions processing for Rabbinic, Rhea Hirsch School of Education, DeLeT fellowship and the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management applicants interviewing on the Los Angeles campus. You can find him travelling up and down the West Coast to college campuses, conferences and camps in search of the next generation of Jewish leadership.
Rabbi Andrew Goodman, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions, New York, received his ordination from the rabbinical program on the New York campus in 2008. He works closely with the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry, the New York School of Education, and the rabbinical candidates who visit, apply, and interview on the New York campus. He travels and teaches on the Eastern seaboard with a specific focus in college campuses and post-college communities.
Rabbi Haim Shalom, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Jerusalem, is a graduate of our Israeli rabbinical and education programs and represents the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions in Israel. He is responsible for outreach to short and long term programs in Israel and runs the HUC-JIR Kesher Birthright fellowship together with our partners at the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as a fellowship for MASA participants run in cooperation with our partners at the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He is on hand to help anyone thinking about attending any program of the college who currently resides in Israel.
Rabbi Joui Hessel, Recruitment and Admissions Consultant, assists the department in the recruitment of prospective students primarily on the East Coast. She enjoys visiting various communities and universities where she is able to listen to the journeys of interested candidates.