Rabbi Joui Hessel, RJE, serves as Certificate Program Educator of the Certificate Program in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Rabbi Hessel is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Certificate Program including managing student affairs, calendaring, preparing for in-person learning events, and deploying online learning. Rabbi Hessel also serves as the East Coast Recruitment and Admissions Associate for the Education Programs of the College-Institute.
Before coming to HUC-JIR, Rabbi Hessel served Washington Hebrew Congregation first as a pulpit rabbi and then as Rabbi and Director of Religious Education and Jewish Engagement. She received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 1998 and was ordained from the New York campus of the College-Institute in 2001. She earned her B.A. in Secondary School Education from The University of Georgia.
Rabbi Hessel co-authored The Hanukkah Family Treasury, published by Running Hill Press. She has been published in the CCAR’s recent publication The Sacred Encounter (2014), in Moment Magazine (June 2007) and in a book on parenting young adult children, Mom, Can I Move Back in with You: A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings, published by Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium.