HUC-JIR’s DeLeT Program Receives Generous Funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The JIM JOSEPH FOUNDATION recently announced a new grant award to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for the DELET FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, specifically to support up to ten core DeLeT fellows and four fellows in a new Hebrew language teacher preparation track.  HUC-JIR’s DeLeT program—Day School Leadership through Teaching—uniquely combines graduate-level coursework and a yearlong internship in a Jewish Day School in Los Angeles, San Diego, or the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, HUC-JIR’s DeLeT program has graduated 100 teachers, many of whom are now veteran teacher-leaders at their schools. 

"We are deeply grateful to the Jim Joseph Foundation for its continued support of DeLeT—by the end of this grant cycle, the Foundation will have funded the program for ten years,” stated Dr. Michael Zeldin, Professor of Jewish Education and Senior National Director of the Schools of Education. “DeLeT’s approach links initial teacher preparation with new teacher induction and ongoing professional development, so we work with graduates across their career. With this new grant, we will be able to develop even more teachers into effective educators and leaders, ready to provide day school students with high-quality, dynamic Jewish learning experiences. This is an exciting opportunity—and great responsibility—that we take very seriously.”

In HUC-JIR's DeLeT Fellowship, students see what teaching excellence and innovation in Jewish day schools is all about, and along the way, find the path to fulfill their values and goals while making a difference in the lives of children and their families. The new Hebrew language track program is designed to help fellows become effective teachers of Hebrew language and Jewish studies. After graduating from DeLeT, fellows earn a California State Teaching Credential and a Certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching in this 13-month program.

The Jim Joseph Foundation views this teacher preparation and ongoing support as key strategies in its mission to foster compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States. Along with its support of DeLeT at HUC-JIR, the Foundation also supports a similar DeLeT program at Brandeis University.

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.