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New York School of Education Gateways for Learning Launches its Intensive Summer Institute

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s
New York School of Education Gateways for Learning
Launches its Intensive Summer Institute
June 9-20, 2003

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York School of Education launches the 2003 Intensive Summer Institute. This new program is part of the School of Education’s Gateways for Learning program, offering continuing education and certification in Adult Education and Jewish Family Education.

Gateways for Learning is a Continuing Education program for Jews of all ages and backgrounds who are, or wish to become, Jewish Educators. The program, tailored to meet the needs of adult learners, enables participants— working over a period of time, at their own pace, and within a structured program— to explore, assess, develop, and improve their teaching skills, expand their Jewish knowledge; strengthen their Jewish identity; and develop their leadership skills.

June 9-13, 2003 
Monday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm (break, noon-1 pm), Friday, 9 am-noon
Rabbi Richard Address, Director of Jewish Family Concerns, UAHC
(3 credits or non-credit)
Study “families, ” as seen through current demographic realities and classic Jewish texts. Biblical, Talmudic, and Midrashic stories will be examined against current texts and personal histories. The course will also present the study of “family dynamics,” and “family process,” as students are encouraged to think about how to incorporate text into their work with families of all ages.

Monday-Friday, 9 am-noon
Rabbi Ruth Gais, Director of Kollel and Community Outreach, HUC-JIR
Gain basic knowledge of the fundamental Jewish texts. Examine briefly, the Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, selected Midrash and Codes.

June 16-20, 2003
Monday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm (break noon-1 pm), Friday, 9 am-noon 
Dr. Lisa Grant, Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, HUC-JIR
(3 credits or non-credit)
Adults engage in text study for a variety of reasons and they are taught in diverse settings. This course will explore multiple approaches to interpreting and teaching biblical texts. Students will have an opportunity to practice teaching from different parts of the Bible, in a number of settings, such as a weekly a parshat ha-shavuah class, an extended adult education course, and a one-time lecture.

Monday-Friday, 9 am-noon
Rabbi Ruth Gais, Director of Kollel and Community Outreach, HUC-JIR
What is the basic structure of the prayerbook? How did the prayerbook develop?
How do prayerbooks differ from movement to movement? What do the prayers mean?
Explore the meaning, history and development of the Jewish worship service.

June 9-20, 2003
1-5 pm
Yehudit Yankovitch, Hebrew Coordinator, HUC-JIR
This course is designed to enable teachers of Hebrew in Congregational and Day Schools to enrich their curricula. Students will explore the techniques of language acquisition that can best be utilized when teaching children and adults and consider the factors that make Hebrew language learning successful. The Jewish Year and Israeli culture will be examined as two possible lenses for language learning.

Courses may be taken for credit and applied to a Certificate in Adult Education or a Certificate in Family Education. Certificates will be awarded to qualifying students who complete 18 credits, a year-long placement in the area of specialization, and an education project at their placement.

Tuition: $900 per week for full-day 3 credit course 
$320 per week for non-credit full-day course
$160 per week for non-credit half-day course

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2003

For information, contact Jo Kay at 212-824-2213,, or visit


The Continuing Education and Certificate Programs are generously supported by The Covenant Foundation, The Gimprich Family Foundation, The Lambert Family, and UJA-Federation of New York.

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.