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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York School of Education announces the start of Gateways for Learning

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Thursday, August 1, 2002

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's New York School of Education is launching its Gateways for Learning Program. Gateways for Learning is for Jews of all ages and backgrounds who are or wish to become Jewish educators. The program is tailored to meet the needs of adult learners. Participants work at their own pace to explore, assess, develop, and improve their teaching skills, expand their Jewish knowledge, and strengthen their Jewish identity.

As a program of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's New York School of Education, Gateways for Learning offers a comprehensive and exciting program of study, providing a thorough grounding in Jewish studies, Hebrew and the theory and practice of Jewish education through a mixture of formal classroom learning and supervised, experiential learning.

Situated in New York City, the preeminent laboratory for learning, surrounded by the resources of major academic institutions, museums, libraries and cultural centers, the New York School of Education has unique opportunities for internships, job placements and involvement with inspired practitioners.

Gateways for Learning offers three options for pursuing training; each can be a first step towards enrolling in a more intensive graduate program:

Professional Development: includes conferences, workshops, lectures, focused discussions, evening courses, and a Summer Institute. There are no qualifications for enrollment.

Continuing Education: in addition to the offerings of the Professional Development program, Continuing Education includes credit-bearing courses. To apply for this program, a student must have an undergraduate degree, and submit their most recent college transcript.

Certificate Program: A Certificate Program in targeted specialties is open to students who satisfy the requirements for Continuing Education and who have worked at least one year in Jewish Education. Certificates are currently offered in Family Education and Adult Education. Certificates will be awarded after students complete 18 course credits in Continuing Education, a two-semester placement in the area of concentration, and an educational project at their placement. Eligible students have can apply credits toward the M.A.R.E. degree.

Interested students can begin Gateways for Learning this fall with Changing Faces in the Mirror: The Evolution of the American Jewish Family, a three-part course taught by Rabbi Richard Address.

Mini-mester I: October 2-October 30, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM Where Have We Come From? Family as Seen Through Sacred Texts

Mini-mester II: November 6-December 11, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM Where Are We Today? Current Issues of Family Concerns as Reflected in Today's American Jewish Community

Mini-mester III: October 2-October 30, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM Where Are We Going? The Evolving Role of the Congregation as an Extended Spiritual Family

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's New York School of Education also offers a Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE) and Master of Arts in Day School Teacher Education.

For further information, please contact: Jo Kay, 212-824-2213,

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.