Rabbi Joui Hessel, RJE, Appointed Certificate Program Educator of the Certificate Program in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rabbi Joui Hessel, MAJE, has been appointed to the newly-created part-time position of Certificate Program Educator of the Certificate Program in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults (CAEA). 

Rabbi Hessel will work alongside Dr. Evie Rotstein, CAEA Coordinator and Director of the New York School of Education.  Rabbi Hessel will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the Certificate Program including managing student affairs, calendaring, preparing for in-person learning events, and deploying online learning. Dr. Rotstein will remain responsible for strategic and academic oversight including faculty affairs, program assessment and improvement, coordination of the Advisory Committee, and public presentation of the program within and beyond the College-Institute.

Dr. Michael Zeldin, Senior National Director, Schools of Education, stated, "We are thrilled that Rabbi Hessel will be joining the staff of the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative at HUC-JIR and look forward to the many contributions she will make."

Dr. Rotstein stated, "I am happy that Rabbi Hessel will bring her passion and expertise to the Certificate program. Joui’s education and rabbinical background will enhance both the vision and growth of the important work we are doing in Jewish community."

Rabbi Hessel will also take on responsibility as the East Coast Recruitment and Admissions Associate for the Education Programs of the College-Institute.  She will become part of the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions and will work closely with Rabbi Rachel Shabbat Beit-Halachmi and the rest of the NORA team. 

Before coming to HUC-JIR, Rabbi Hessel served Washington Hebrew Congregation first as a pulpit rabbi and then as Rabbi and Director of Religious Education and Jewish Engagement. She received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 1998 and was ordained from the New York campus of the College-Institute in 2001. She earned her B.A. in Secondary School Education from The University of Georgia.

Rabbi Hessel co-authored The Hanukkah Family Treasury, published by Running Hill Press.  She has been published in the CCAR’s recent publication The Sacred Encounter (2014), in Moment Magazine (June 2007) and in a book on parenting young adult children, Mom, Can I Move Back in with You: A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings, published by Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium.


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