Welcome to HUC-JIR's New Website

Monday, October 28, 2013

HUC-JIR’s website has been completely redesigned with attractive graphics, enhanced navigation, updated content, innovative learning features, and a responsive design that allows viewers to enjoy it on all mobile and tablet devices.  

Our new website encourages you to:

  • Kickstart your career at HUC-JIR
  • Engage with the world’s greatest scholars wherever you are, whether you are a student, alum, Board member, or visitor from the world at large
  • Explore our centers of innovation at our campuses
  • Connect with the open spirit of Reform Judaism
  • Discover how HUC-JIR makes a difference in the world and can help you do so too

This two-year project, initiated by Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President-Elect, has been led by the Website Team of Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs; John Bruggeman, Chief Technology Officer; Allison Glazer, National Public Affairs Coordinator; and Justin Sovine, National Web Manager.  Stakeholders across the institution have been advisors and content providers for the site.

This new website has been made possible by the support of the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Golden Family Foundation, the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and the Croll Center for Jewish Learning and Culture.

The site was designed by Free Range, a leading website design and messaging firm specializing in nonprofit institutions, and built by Alley Interactive.

A GUIDE TO THE NEW HUC-JIR WEBSITE

Throughout the entire site, our NAVIGATION bars will get you where you want to go easily and quickly:

  • This uppermost navigation bar is organized by cohort (Prospective Students, Current Students, Alumni, Governance, Faculty & Staff). 
  • Beneath it are quick links to key departments, including the Libraries, Museums, American Jewish Archives, the institution-wide Calendar, Directory, Registrar, Contact Us, the Ivrit Hebrew language site for our Israel Programs, and the Search window.
  • The primary navigation bar is devoted to About, Admissions, Academics, Research, Campus Life, News & Events, and Donate.

Below our logo, above our banner photos, are quick links inviting the visitor to explore the career opportunities at HUC-JIR: become a rabbi, cantor, leader in Jewish education, nonprofit management professional, scholar, and pastoral counselor. 

The rotating banner photos across the top provide a window into the texture of life at HUC-JIR, accompanied by messaging that expresses aspects of our mission.

OUR HOMEPAGE:

Allows access to these key sections:

  • NEWS – providing up-to-date press releases and “in the media” press clips about HUC-JIR and issues in the larger Jewish world
  • EVENTS – a chronological listing, in which events are tagged by campus and other sections of the website so that they are entered in one place but automatically appear in others
  • CAMPUSES offers quick access to the individual campus sections of the website
  • LEARN presents HUC-JIR as the source for thought leadership for the Reform Movement, Jewish community, and the larger world.  It offers the visitor an ever changing opportunity for learning, wherever you are, with some of the world’s greatest Jewish scholars on our faculty.  This feature provides a  broad range of stimulating learning opportunities (in video, podcast, and text formats), including topical discussions, faculty lectures and interviews on new books, alumni-in-residence and guest scholar talks, student capstone presentations, cantorial senior recitals, master classes, significant new articles published in academic journals and the popular media, and more.  All of this material is archived in the LEARN section.  

OUR PRIMARY NAVIGATION:

ABOUT:

The About section offers useful information about the College-Institute, including its mission, history, policies, and accreditation.  When you go to the PRESIDENT’S OFFICE, you have the opportunity to hear directly from Rabbi Ellenson and Rabbi Panken about HUC-JIR’s sacred mission. “HUC-JIR AT A GLANCE” provides key data. REFORM MOVEMENT PARTNERS describes our close relationship with our Reform Movement partners and provides links to their websites.

ADMISSIONS:

The Admissions section offers the prospective students lots of information about WHY HUC-JIR? and clearly lays out the admissions process, with quick links to help you begin your application or refer a student.  THE ISRAEL EXPERIENCE is a special asset of our programs, and so we developed a special section for that to describe the rich experiences offered in the Year-In-Israel and Israel seminars. MEET OUR COMMUNITY provides a window into lots of HUC-JIR stories offered by students, alumni, faculty, administration, Governors, and Overseers.  Prospective students can hear first-hand about our community as a place of higher Jewish learning, social responsibility, spiritual growth, and professional development.

ACADEMICS:

The Academics sectionprovides in-depth descriptions of all of our academic programs, executive learning opportunities, faculty, etc., plus quick links to our core degree programs.  Follow the one of your choice, each with details about the course of study, Israel experience, joint degree opportunities, resources, after graduation, faculty and administration, how to apply, and contact information.  The FACULTY landing page outlines the depth and breadth of scholars teaching at HUC-JIR, with quick links to display listing s of faculty and administration.

RESEARCH:

The Research section is a portal into HUC-JIR as a center of preservation and innovation, ranging from our Libraries, American Jewish Archives, and Museums to our Institutes, Centers & Projects, and Scholarly Publications.  Students, faculty, and researchers from around the world will find the LIBRARIES section a robust source of information. 

CAMPUS LIFE:

Campus Life has been designed to reflect the special features and individual flavor of each of our regional centers of learning.  Here is where you will find news and events “tagged” for that specific campus, a “Visit Us” section with google map and contact information, and navigation on the left that helps strengthen community engagement.  Each Dean offers a video welcome that describes the unique qualities of his or her campus.  Prospective students and the larger public will find these sections very helpful – whether they are seeking worship services, public lectures and concerts, art exhibitions, or a directory of that campus’s faculty or administration.

NEWS & EVENTS:

News & Events logs HUC-JIR press releases and events, significant “In the Media” news clips, the most current publications, and a sign-up box to get HUC-JIR News, the monthly e-newsletter.

DONATE:

The Donate section of our website encourages support, facilitates making a gift, and provides useful information about methods of giving. The Donate section shares donor stories.

COHORT-BASED NAVIGATION BAR:

  • PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS goes directly to the Admissions section of the website.
  • CURRENT STUDENTS goes to a page with all of the quick links needed by our students on a daily basis.
  • ALUMNI has content developed by each of the alumni associations to help each cohort connect with each other, continue to learn, help recruit, and support HUC-JIR.
  • GOVERNANCE takes you to the password-protected site for the Board of Governors and each of the regional Boards of Overseers.
  • FACULTY & STAFF takes you to our HR section for HUC-JIR employees.
  • LEARN takes you to the Learn section of our website.

QUICK-LINK NAVIGATION BAR:

  • The CALENDAR will keep you posted on all events across all campuses and beyond our campuses, when faculty go out to teach or HUC-JIR programs are hosted in cities throughout North America, Israel, and around the globe.
  • The DIRECTORY will let you easily find the right person at HUC-JIR, through filters that allow you to search by first or last name, department/school, role, program, academic fields, or campus. Each faculty member has his or her own page, detailing title, campus, program or school, academic area, research areas, cv, short narrative bio, current and future courses, public lecture topics, publications and edited works.  These pages will feature video interviews with the faculty member, and news of their activities, press coverage, and more.
  • And our IVRIT section in the Hebrew language is our portal to Israelis and Hebrew-speaking individuals worldwide seeking information about our Jerusalem campus and its programs. 

Make the HUC-JIR website your learning destination - and connect with the cutting-edge in higher Jewish learning.

It's all waiting here for you at huc.edu!


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation'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 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. www.huc.edu


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