DeLeT Receives Major Foundation Grant

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded a grant of $427,000 to DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's fellowship program dedicated to fostering teaching excellence in North America's Jewish day schools. The grant will allow DeLeT to recruit and prepare at least eight novice teachers and provide support to an equal number of teachers during their first years in the classroom. 

"We are extremely grateful to the Jim Joseph Foundation for their remarkably generous support of the DeLeT program," said Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR. "Their vision and kindness will enable HUC-JIR to help ensure the future of Jewish day school education through the training and support of knowledgeable, committed, and exceptional teachers." 

Jim Joseph Foundation President Al Levitt commented that "the grant to support DeLeT is important and consistent with the Foundation's interest in supporting exceptional programs of teacher education." 

DeLeT's 13-month program is conducted by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR's Los Angeles campus and Brandeis University in Boston, in partnership with Jewish day schools in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. DeLeT's programming consists of academic coursework with mentored experience in Jewish day schools, guidance from a Clinical Educator in the internship experience, mentor teacher institutes, days of study for heads of school, and a program of induction support for DeLeT alumni in their first few years of teaching. Academic and fiscal support for fellows who wish to pursue the California State Teaching Credential is also provided. 

"DeLeT allows us to fulfill our mission of preparing educational leaders for all the venues in which Jewish education takes place," said Dr. Michael Zeldin, Professor of Jewish Education and Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. "Between DeLeT and our graduate programs, the Rhea Hirsch School now prepares educational leaders for day schools, congregational schools, camps, and other community educational agencies." 

In addition to the Jim Joseph Foundation, DeLeT has received significant financial support from the Crown Family Foundation, The Albert and Janet Schultz Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco, and the Hochberg Family Foundation. 

For more information about the DeLeT program, visit or Fellowship applications are available from Deborah Shapiro

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