From JTA's Breaking News: Joint Leadership Institute to Award $1.9 million

Monday, July 2, 2007

A joint project of two Jewish educational institutions was awarded $1.9 million for a professional development program for Jewish educators. 

The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators (LICSE), a partnership between the Jewish education departments of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, both in New York, received funding from UJA-Federation of New York for their second cohort of educational leaders. 

The institute offers congregational school educators the opportunity to expand their Judaic knowledge and strengthen their vision for school leadership. 

Educators selected for the program will participate in two 10-day summer seminars over two years, 11 shorter symposia and a 10-day Israel seminar. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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, 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.