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HUC-JIR featured in Reform Judaism Magazine Insider's Guide to College -- the guide to Jewish Campus Life

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Inaugural edition includes Top 60 Schools Jews Choose 

August 24, 2006 - New York - What is the most popular public university with Jewish students? (The University of Florida) What about the top private college Jewish students choose? (New York University) 

With the publication of the "RJ Insiders Guide to College," Jewish students will now be able to know where to find a Jewish home away from home. The first such compilation, the guide appears in the Fall 2006 issue of Reform Judaism magazine, the world's largest circulated Jewish magazine, and was published in partnership with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and the Union for Reform Judaism's KESHER College Department. 

Created for high school and college students, the guide's centerfold documents colleges by Jewish population - the top 30 private and top 30 public North American school Jews choose. It also includes expert information on getting into top universities, why it is important to choose a Jewish-friendly school, finding Jewish-related scholarships and loans, and making the best of the college experience. 

"This is a valuable resource for student and parents," says Lisa David, director of the Union's KESHER College Department. "While there are countless magazines and guides on the perfect college experience, there was no time-sensitive annual magazine or guide for Jewish students interested in a Jewish college experience." 

The guide can be used in conjunction with the annual US News & World Report college edition. While the US News & World Report ranks colleges by a range of educational criteria, the two page chart in the "RJ Insider's Guide" offers the first-ever ranking by popularity and provides bonus information on Hillel's presence on campus, Jewish fraternities and sororities on campus, credit for study in Israel, Jewish studies programs, and more about each of the 60 top schools. 

The "RJ Insider's Guide to COLLEGE" is now available online with extra features including a Jewish Survival Kit and a Jewish college activist's first-person experience at It is also available as a stand-alone 24-page insert by contacting

Top 30 Private Schools

New York University (New York City)    
Boston University      
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)      
Cornell University (Ithaca)    
Yeshiva University (New York City)     
The George Washington University (Washington, D.C)     
Syracuse University    
Emory University (Atlanta)     
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)       
Tulane University and Newcomb College (New Orleans)    
Harvard University & Radcliffe College (Cambridge, Mass.)      
Columbia University (New York City)    
Brandeis University (Waltham, Mass.)   
Washington University in St. Louis     
Tufts University (Medford, Mass.)      
Brown University (Providence, R.I.)    
Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y)    
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus        
University of Hartford 
University of Miami    
Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)     
American University (Washington, D.C.) 
Barnard College (New York City)        
Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)        
Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)        
University of Denver   
Vanderbilt University (Nashville)      
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)        
University of Rochester        
Drexel (Philadelphia, Penn.)   

Top 30 Public Schools

University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)      
University of Maryland, College Park   
Rutgers University, New Brunswick      
University of Central Florida (Orlando)        
York University (Toronto)      
Pennsylvania State University, University Park 
University of Michigan (Anne Arbor)    
University of Wisconsin, Madison       
University of Texas, Austin    
Florida International University (Coral Gables)        
University at Albany   
Indiana University (Bloomington)       
McGill University (Montreal)   
University of Arizona (Tucson) 
Queens College (Queens, NY)    
University of Toronto  
Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY) 
California State University, Northridge        
CUNY, Brooklyn College 
Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.)   
Ohio State University (Columbia, Ohio) 
University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario)        
University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign    
University of California, Santa Cruz   
Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)     
San Diego State University     
University of California, Los Angeles  
University of California, Davis        
Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.)        
University of Massachusetts, Amherst   
University of Pittsburgh       
University of Washington (Seattle)

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 leaders to serve 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.