Gregg Alpert has been appointed National Director of Distance Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) by Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President. HUC-JIR's new Distance Education Program will offer graduate level courses for credit, continuing education courses for HUC-JIR alumni and other Jewish professionals, and special classes for lay leadership in the Reform community starting in the Fall of 2000.
A 1978 graduate of HUC-JIR's Joint Master's programs in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service, Alpert brings an extensive background in the design and production of educational media through his own company, Learning Design West, Inc., and over ten years at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Most recently, he helped to design the Educational Technology program and 9th grade Jewish Studies curriculum at Milken Community High School (sponsored by a Reform congregation and the largest liberal Jewish High School in the United States). In the mid-1990s he was commissioned to design and create all of the educational computer exhibits for the HUC-JIR Skirball Cultural Center, including "Jewish Ceremonial Objects: An Interactive Journey through the Jewish Holidays, Life Cycle, and Synagogue and Torah", and "Dig It!:An Archaeological Adventure Game."
Alpert has created numerous multi-media educational productions, including "Soviet Jewry-Six Decades of Oppression" (The National Conference and Los Angeles Commission on Soviet Jewry), "Teaching Skills: The Science and Art of Questioning" (HUC-JIR's Rhea Hirsch School of Education), and "Building for the Nineties: New Dimensions in Lay-Staff Relations" (National Council of Jewish Women). Museum projects include "Moments with Peter Krasnow: An Honest Prophet" (HUC-JIR Skirball Museum, Los Angeles) and "Tanya: Reflections of an Artist" (Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia)
A resident of Tarzana, CA, Alpert received a B.A. in Sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles (1974) and has just completed a fellowship in the Jewish Secondary School Leadership Training Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York (1999).