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Los Angeles Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Receives First-Ever California Certification in Jewish Day School Education from State

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

DeLeT - Day School Leadership through Teaching - named to honor the Hebrew word for an entry into a career in day school education - has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer a Multiple Subjects Credential (i.e. K-8) program. 

Contact: Adam M. Greenwald
(213) 765-2105
For Immediate Release 

DeLeT, a program of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, is dedicated to fostering teaching excellence in Jewish day schools in North America. DeLeT carries out its mission through collaborative recruitment strategies, a 13-month fellowship program that combines 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. 

DeLeT prepares fellows for a day school career by helping them:

  • Develop a vision of good teaching and a strong beginning teaching practice;
  • Utilize the latest research and thinking about teaching;
  • Acquire the tools to learn in and from teaching;
  • Investigate the possibilities and challenges of curriculum integration (i.e. bringing Jewish values and ideas into the general studies curriculum;
  • Contribute to the creation of a powerful Jewish learning community in the day school; and
  • Become part of a professional community of learners and future leaders in day schools.

Available for interview: Dr. Michael Zeldin, Professor of Jewish Education, Director, Rhea Hirsch School of Education Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Los Angeles 

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.