Alumni Explore Authenticity During the Joint Day of Learning

Monday, December 8, 2014

By Danny Mishkin (NY ’07)

The first ever Joint Alumni Day of Learning for Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s three Schools of Education, which took  place on November 19, 2014 was a great success! The day’s theme, Authenticity and the 21st Century Professional, resonated with the 30 educators who joined both on the New York campus and online.

Each of the day’s guest teachers provided thoughtful sessions that helped to define authentic leadership and its application to the schools of education alumni. Dr. Evie Rotstein woke us up with questions and challenges of "authentic" leadership. Rabbi Elliott Kleinman walked us through a "Theology of Education: Why God loves Teachers.” Rabbi Shirley Idelson provided an in-depth look into the authentic leadership of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise. The day was not just about learning – it also focused on telling our own story of authentic leadership.

Thank you to Dena Stein, Alumni Engagement Coordinator at HUC-JIR, and Debbie Niederman, Coordinator or Induction and Retention Initiatives, for organizing the wonderful day of learning. We look forward to each School of Education coordinating three separate webinars exploring differing angles of authenticity in the coming months. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of 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.