Israel engagement is a core component of our programs, ranging from the Year-In-Israel for all rabbinical, cantorial, and education students to the Israel Seminars for nonprofit management students and students in the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education and Summer-In-Israel Program for graduate students in our Pines School of Graduate Studies.
Your studies in the heart of biblical and contemporary Israel will uniquely enrich your academic journey through an intensive encounter with the land, culture, and people of the Jewish State. In no other place on earth will you find the rich and complex diversity of Jewish ethnic and religious identities, music, worship, ritual, and spirituality that have evolved across centuries and continents.
You will be introduced to the intellectual, cultural, religious, and political leaders of Israeli society and define your role in the complex search for solidarity and mutual responsibility among Jews living in both Israel and the Diaspora. You will forge relationships with Israeli peers leading the Reform congregations, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations and shaping a pluralistic state. HUC-JIR is the academic leader in placing Israel at the center of Jewish studies: the first seminary to inaugurate the required Year-In-Israel Program for all rabbinical and cantorial students – a model that has since been adopted by all other accredited liberal Jewish seminaries, and the first institution to require the Year-In-Israel for full-time students in our M.A. in Jewish Education/Religious Education programs.
The Year-In-Israel Program brings our rabbinical, cantorial, and full-time education students to our Jerusalem campus. Surrounded by biblical and contemporary Israel, you will begin your academic journey immersed in Hebrew language and text studies, as you get to know the land, culture, and people of Israel. In no other place on earth will you find the rich and complex diversity of Jewish ethnic and religious identities, music, worship, ritual, and spirituality hat have evolved across centuries and continents. The Richard J. Scheuer Seminar will introduce you to the multiple voices throughout Israeli society and the complex search for solidarity and mutual responsibility among Jews living in both Israel and the Diaspora through lectures, site visits, guest speakers, film, literature, and music. The Mandel Initiative for Visionary Leadership, with a focus on Israel and Jewish Peoplehood, will enable you to integrate your academic and clinical learning in a more meaningful way to help you shape your personal Jewish identity and professional aspirations. Learn more >
The Israel Seminar offers a two-week immersion into the dynamics of contemporary Israel, with an emphasis on the Israeli nonprofit sector and Israel-Diaspora relations. Lectures and educational encounters will introduce you to a broad range of intellectual, cultural, religious, and political leaders, as well as their counterparts in nonprofit management and leadership in Israeli social service agencies, municipalities, and educational and cultural institutions. Learn more >
The Israel Seminar offers a ten-day intensive study experience that focuses on the place of Israel and Jewish Peoplehood in Jewish education. Through forums with Israeli leaders in the field and visits to Israeli schools and programs focusing on Jewish education, you will establish ties with Israeli educators and understand the role that you can play in connecting Jewish communities around the world as well as bring Israel home to the individuals at the institutions you lead. Learn more >
The Summer-In-Israel Program is a seven-week intensive study experience offered every two years to M.A. and Ph.D. students in the Pines School of Graduate Studies. This Program provides graduate students of all faiths with a range of opportunities: study in a Modern Hebrew ulpan, field experience on an archaeological excavation, and interaction with the people and land of Israel. Learn more >