Meet Our Year-In-Israel Class of 2017-2018 - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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The students of the Year-In-Israel Class of 2017-2018

The students of the Year-In-Israel Class of 2017-2018 are embarking on their journey towards becoming our Jewish leaders. This class of future rabbis, cantors, educators, and Jewish nonprofit professionals make up our largest Year-In-Israel class in nearly a decade. They come from each region of the United States and 10% of them are coming from areas outside of the United States. The class of 45 is comprised of 31 rabbinical students (five of which are purusing the joint rabbinical education degree), nine cantorial students, four joint Master's in Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management students, and one student pursuing the Master's in Education. 

Statistical Overview:

  • Average Age: 25
  • 8% have/had affiliations outside of the Reform Movement
  • 20% enrolled to HUC-JIR within one year of completing their undergraduate studies
  • Average Undergrad GPA: 3.5
  • 22% have received a graduate degree or certificate
  • Average Graduate GPA: 3.8
  • The class includes two of the three HUC-JIR Wexner Fellows who were chosen for 2017

Undergraduate Institutions:

Arizona State University Eckerd College University of Arizona
Binghamton University Emory University University of Ballarat

Boston Conservatory of Music

Hofstra University University of British Columbia
Bradley University Indiana University University of California
Brandeis University James Madison University University of Cape Town
California State University  Macalester College University of Indianapolis

Case Western Reserve 

Miami University University of Michigan
Centre College Middlebury College University of Rochester

College of Charleston

Muhlenberg College University of Technology, Sydney
Dartmouth College Nebraska Wesleyan University University of Texas
Duke University New College of Florida University of Wisconsin
Duquesne University Northeastern University Washington State University
  Stanford University Yale University


Areas of Study:

American Studies Graphic Design Music/Vocal Performance
Anthropology Hebrew Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Business Administration History Philosophy
CFA Jewish Studies Political Science
Communication Journalism Psychology
Creative Writing Judaic Studies Religion
Drama  Modern Jewish Studies Rhetoric
Economics Music Sociology
English Music Education Spanish
French Music Performance Theatre
Global Leadership Music Theatre Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies