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The HUC-JIR Jerusalem Outreach and Recruitment Programs

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Monday, June 4, 2007

The Jerusalem Campus of HUC-JIR works together with our partners, The Union for Reform Judaism, The World Union for Progressive Judaism and The Israeli Reform Movement to reach out to visiting students and tourists in Israel.

Here you will be able to find out information about the events and programs run by the Jerusalem Campus of HUC-JIR.

The Jerusalem Outreach and Recruitment department co-ordinates events for visitors to Israel who would like a Reform experience while they are here.

High Holiday Events


Rosh Hashanah 5773
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, 29th of Elul, Sept. 16th at 6:00 pm
In the Murstein Synagogue • Entrance at 13 King David Street
Rosh Hashanah Day: Please contact our local Reform synagogues
No services at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Yom Kippur
Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, 9th of Tishrei, September 25th at 5:00 pm
Yom Kippur morning: Wednesday, 10th of Tishrei, September 26th at 9:30 am
Study Sessions at 3:00 pm
Mincha/Yizkor/Ne’ilah at 4:00 pm

In Blaustein Hall, Merkaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel, Entrance at 6 Shama Street

Prayers led by Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur, Rabbi Naamah Kelman,
Rabbi Shelton Donnell, Cantor Mikhal Shiff Matter and HUC–JIR Cantorial,
Rabbinical and Education Students

No tickets needed for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur Services

Meals and Hospitality
Our Year-in-Israel students and faculty are happy to extend home hospitality and invite you for a holiday meal. Please contact to make arrangements.

Regular events throughout the Year

Shabbat services
We offer tourist friendly, English speaking, prayer services at the Murstein synagogue of HUC-JIR Jerusalem during peak tourist season. For a full calendar of our services, click here. On the dates that we do not have services you are welcome and encouraged to visit one of the 3 Israeli Reform synagogues in Jerusalem:

Kehillat Har El, 16 Shmuel HaNagid, 054-4742314 
Kehillat Kol Haneshama, 1 Asher Street, 02-6724878 
Kehillat Mevakshei Derech, 22 Shai Agnon, 02-6792501 
To be in touch with Rabbi Shelton Donnell, Rabbi of the Murstein Synagogue write to

As well as opening our synagogue, the Outreach and Recruitment department also organizes events at the at programs and learning institutions all around Israel to talk about the college and our programs of study. We regularly try and attend the following programs:

Hebrew University (in co-operation with Beit Hillel)
Conservative Yeshiva
Shnat Netzer
Young Judea Year course
Machon L'madrichei Hul of the Jewish Agency
Alexander Muss High School in Israel
NFTY in Israel summer tours
Kesher Birthright tours
The EIE high school program of the URJ.

And many more

We are always happy to address any group, or to reach out to any students studying in Israel at any University or on any program – please do not hesitate to be in touch. 

Each year we also organize two "Open Houses" of the college where outside visitors are invited to come and see the campus and experience classes to see what it might be like to come and study at the college. 

If you would like any more information about any of our events or programs,
please contact:

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.