The Tekkes Siyyum Culminating Ceremony for the 12th Cohort of DeLeT Fellows took place on July 18, 2014 at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. Eleven fellows received a Certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching, bringing the total number of graduates to over 200 since the DeLeT program began at HUC-JIR and Brandeis University. In attendance were family and friends of the graduates, mentor teachers, and HUC-JIR students, faculty, and administration.
Dr. Michael Zeldin, Senior National Director, Schools of Education, stated, "We are so proud of this year's graduates from DeLeT. We are confident that they now have the knowledge and skills to become effective Jewish day school teachers. We look forward to watching them grow and develop into teacher leaders who will touch the lives of their children, help shape the future of their schools, and contribute to building a vibrant Jewish future."
"We are confident the future of Day School education is being put into good hands," remarked Eileen Horowitz, DeLeT Education Director. "Our graduates are going out into the field to make a difference. We are so proud of their commitment and passion for such sacred work."
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