HUC-JIR's National Office of Recruitment and Admissions announces the appointment of Rabbi Haim Shalom, MA, as Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the Jerusalem campus, as of September 1, 2014. Rabbi Shalom will work to identify and inspire prospective students presently in Israel for the North American programs of HUC-JIR. He will dramatically extend the reach and impact of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem in its outreach to North Americans currently studying, working, volunteering, or participating in Birthright Israel and other short-term and long-term programs in Israel in order to recruit the next generation of Jewish professional leadership for North American Jewry and beyond
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment, Admissions, and Community Engagement and President's Scholar, announces the appointment as part of HUC-JIR’s strategic plan to increase enrollment of the best and the brightest in all our programs by extending the reach and impact of the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. "Rabbi Shalom will head our Jerusalem office ensuring the College-Institute is able to connect with Jewish young people from across North America and the world as they visit and experience Israel. Because visits to Israel are such powerful experiences which dramatically shape the paths of nearly all participants, engaging this growing population is a strategic priority for the College-Institute.”
In speaking about the new appointment, Rabbi Sabath notes that: “Haim is a wonderful asset to the College-Institute because of his capacity to engage the best and the brightest of these young people and as they think about their future. I know that he will be able to help them understand why HUC-JIR offers them the best options for their future careers in Jewish leadership."
Rabbi Shalom will also work closely with the URJ’s NFTY-in-Israel to help run a new HUC-JIR/URJ initiative with Birthright Israel groups developed this past year. Throughout the year he will also work closely with Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, and the rest of the Jerusalem team leading the admissions process for candidates interviewing on the Jerusalem campus.
Rabbi Shalom re-joins the College-Institute staff, having just completed two years in Manchester, England, as Rabbi of Menorah Synagogue. He has worked for the Jewish Agency, the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism before his ordination from HUC-JIR’s Israel Rabbinical Program in 2010, when he was also awarded the Diploma in Pluralistic Jewish education.
Rabbi Sabath adds: “Haim is a first-rate educator, a community organizer, and a passionate believer in social justice. His passion for education towards tikun olam leads him to want to ensure that the Jewish community around the world is served by the highest caliber of rabbis, cantors, educators, and Jewish professionals.”