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HUC-JIR to Offer Dual Masters of Arts Degrees in Jewish Communal Service and Business Administration in Conjunction with University of Southern California

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Monday, February 1, 1999

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's (HUC-JIR) Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service (SJCS) in Los Angeles will be offering a dual masters of arts degree program in Jewish Communal Service and Business Administration with the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, announced Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, HUC-JIR President.


"This is a milestone for the College-Institute as the program with our School of Jewish Communal Service and the Marshall School of Business is one of the first of its kind in the country. HUC-JIR students who opt to also earn an MBA at USC will be trained to be successful Jewish communal professionals having the opportunity to specialize in business management," said Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman.


"Over the past 30 years, the relationship between HUC-JIR and USC has grown and strengthened. The new dual masters degree program, once again, puts the College-Institute at the forefront of training Jewish communal professionals to be the preeminent leaders in Jewish agencies and organizations throughout the nation," stated Dr. Lewis M. Barth, Dean of the HUC-JIR Los Angeles School.


Established in 1968, the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service of HUC-JIR is the oldest existing program of its kind in Jewish communal service. Dr. Steven Windmueller is the Director and Ms. Marla Eglash Abraham (MAJCS/MSW) is the Associate Director of the SJCS and Faculty Chair of HUC-JIR Los Angeles.


The SJCS has educated more than 500 students from Reform, Conservative, Modern Orthodox and cultural Jewish backgrounds. Students have attended from all parts of North America as well as from Israel, South Africa, South America, Iran, France and Sweden. The SJCS trains students to serve in social service agencies, federation departments and agencies, and congregations. In addition to the dual masters program with USC in Jewish Communal Service and Business Administration, other masters degree programs offered with USC include Master of Social Work (MSW); Master of Public Administration (MPA); Masters of Arts in Communications Management (MA in Communications Management); and Master of Science of Gerontology (MSG). Additionally, the SJCS offers a single masters program in Jewish Communal Service (MAJCS), a joint masters degree program with the HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education and a joint masters degree program in Judaic Studies with the HUC-JIR Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies. The SJCS also offers a certificate program for professionals already working in Jewish agencies or enrolled in graduate studies.

For more information about HUC-JIR's SJCS, please contact Ms. Marla Eglash Abraham, Associate Director, SJCS, HUC-JIR, Los Angeles at 213/749-3424 ext. 4252,


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.