Annual Report
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ur students embody a passionate commitment to
tikkun olam
repairing the world. Students are
encouraged to question, explore, and innovate –
they are builders of an ever changing and ever
growing encounter with modernity. They enter our
rigorous graduate and professional programs with
masters, doctorates, and other professional degrees
from leading universities throughout the world. The
majority are in their 20s and 30s; approximately
are older, entering as second career students
who enrich the learning community with their
professional and life experience.
Our Rabbinical Program is the largest among all
seminaries in North America and ordains more
rabbis than any other accredited institution of
higher Jewish learning. Our graduate and professional
programs offer a rigorous tripartite curriculum of
text study, spiritual development, and
professional training. Supervised student pulpits
and internships are core requirements in all
programs, with students serving nearly one third
of the Reform Movement’s congregations,
schools, and institutions each year, including
small, isolated congregations that would
otherwise lack trained spiritual leadership.
St. Louis-born and Tulane University alumna
Stephanie Alexander is a joint rabbinical and
education student at HUC-JIR, Class of 2003.
During her two years at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, she
was the student rabbi in Galesburg, Illinois,
where she provided a broad range of rabbinical
services to her community of 30 active families.
Now a student at HUC-JIR/New York, she is the
education intern at Temple Sinai in Roslyn,
where she is honing her skills in family
education for a community of 1100 families
and will serve as the rabbinic intern next year.
The recipient of a scholarship from Congregation
Rodeph Sholom in New York City, Alexander is
grateful for this support which has enabled her to
accelerate her joint degree studies. “This
scholarship has given me the gift of time – time
to develop new skills that will enable me to be a
better educator and rabbi. It has enabled me to
take seven courses per semester, with my
rabbinical and education courses meshing
together in ways that have enriched my vision for
my future pulpit rabbinate. Freed from the need
to take on outside work to support myself, I am
able to give all of my time to my studies and
internship, thereby intensifying my opportunities
to be creative and try new educational strategies.
Family education is the up and coming area
in our Movement and I am grateful
for the opportunity to specialize
my training in this area. I
take seriously the
responsibility of being
a teacher to the
people I serve
today and to the
community I will
serve in the
student Stephanie
Alexander guiding high school
students through the HUC-JIR
Museum in New York.
The Root of the Word
Rabbi” is Teacher