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, Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics, and President’s Scholar. Rabbi Sabath leads the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions, including fostering partnerships with Jewish agencies, programs and organizations. She 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, MAJE is the Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions in Los Angeles. In addition to welcoming visitors and prospective applicants onto campus, he devotes his energies to creating and implementing new strategies for recruitment for the College-Institute’s many programs. He oversees the admissions processes on the Los Angeles campus for the Rabbinic School, the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. Rabbi Allenberg leads the department’s summer travel through Jewish summer camps, and the coordinator for the College-Institute’s partnership with Trybal Gatherings. You can find him travelling throughout the greater West to college campuses, Jewish professional conferences and Jewish camps in search of the next generation of Jewish leadership.
Rabbi Andrew Goodman serves as the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions and the Dean of Students for the New York campus. He 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 Joui Hessel, Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Eastern Region, assists the department in the recruitment of prospective students primarily on the East Coast. She received her rabbinical ordination from the NY campus in 2001 and her Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education (LA campus) in 1999. She enjoys visiting various communities and universities where she is able to listen to the journeys of interested candidates.
Maor Rodman is the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions in Jerusalem. She assists the department in recuitment, admissions, and engagement in Israel. She is a marketing communications professional who holds a B.A. in International Business and Marketing from American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism), an M.A. in Global Marketing Communication and Advertising from Emerson College, and an M.B.A. from Bar Ilan University.
Rabbi David Wilfond serves as the Interim Head of Admissions in Jerusalem. He was ordained at the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR in 1997. An international rabbi, David has served synagogues in London; Kiev, Ukraine; Boston; and at the synagogue at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. Rabbi Wilfond works closely with prospective students visiting Israel and assists them throughout the application and interview process via the Jerusalem campus.