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Monday, September 1, 2003

Andrea Fleekop, a 2003 graduate of the joint master’s programs in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC – JIR), in Los Angeles, has been appointed the Director of the campus’ Tartak Learning Center.

Fleekop graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern Judaic Studies in 2000. She has served as education intern at Temple Israel of Hollywood, teacher at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and communal service intern at the Bureau of Jewish Education and upon graduation from HUC – JIR , received the Shirley M. Stahl Prize in Jewish Education. As the Director of the Tartak Learning Center, Fleekop will consult with students and alumni of all HUC-JIR programs as well as Jewish professionals in the field.

The Tartak Learning Center is an educational resource center designed to provide Jewish education ideas and materials to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion students, alumni, and Jewish professionals. The Tartak Learning Center, located in the Mercaz of the Los Angeles campus, was established through a generous and on-going gift by the Tartak Family and is maintained by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education (RHSOE).

First opened by the RHSOE in the mid-1970s, the Tartak Learning Center served as a resource center where HUC-JIR students compiled lesson plans and materials for religious schools and informal education settings (e.g. camps). Through the years, the Tartak Learning Center has expanded into a resource center for all students at HUC-JIR, principals and teachers in religious schools and day schools, adult educators, camp directors and counselors, communal service professionals, rabbis, and cantors.

Today the Tartak Learning Center houses a collection of nearly 5,000 items, including books, curricula (published and student written), videos, music, and computer software.

For more information, please visit the Tartak Learning Center website at


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.