HUC-JIR's National Office of Recruitment and Admissions announces the appointment of Rabbi Adam Allenberg, MAJE, as Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, as of July 15, 2014. Rabbi Allenberg will focus on the West Coast to recruit the future student body of HUC-JIR and the next generation of Jewish professional leadership for North American Jewry and beyond.
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions, President's Scholar, and Director of the Office of Community Engagement, stated, "Rabbi Allenberg will be a great partner as we expand our reach to inspire and recruit the best possible applicants to all the programs at HUC-JIR through personal and sustained engagement with potential students in a wide variety of venues including college campuses, conferences, and summer camps. We look forward to the ways in which he will help expand and leverage content for the College-Institute's social media presence to attract and engage viable candidates."
Rabbi Allenberg comes to the College-Institute with diverse experiences and a broad network of friends and family across the globe. After many summers at Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, WI, Rabbi Allenberg studied Philosophy and Modern Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin, with one year of study at Hebrew University. He served as a Hillel Scholar and JESNA Lainer Intern in Jewish Education. Upon graduation, Rabbi Allenberg studied at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, where he earned his Master of Arts of Hebrew Letters, Master of Arts in Jewish Education, and rabbinical ordination in 2007.
Following his ordination, Rabbi Allenberg joined Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA, to serve as rabbi and Program Director. He directed the Roots Collective, a Jewish young adults program focused on the Silicon Valley's growing workforce, and helped earn the synagogue a Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Programming Award for their "Reach, Out and Connect-a-thon," wherein every member of the synagogue received a personal phone call on a single day. In 2009, Rabbi Allenberg was engaged as the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX. From leading the trend in groundbreaking garden and life sciences classrooms of the Early Childhood Education Center to their participation in the URJ's Campaign for Youth Engagement, Rabbi Allenberg's time at Temple Emanu-El was marked with conscientious programmatic and cultural change in all of its learning environments.
An involved teacher and learner in the Jewish sustainability community, Rabbi Allenberg has participated in several programs of the Pearlstone Center and Kayam Farm, served as the Faculty Dean of the Eco-Village/Kibbutz Machar program at the URJ's Greene Family Camp, and the Executive Board for Hazon's Jewish Food Conference. He currently sits on Hazon's Food Advisory Board.