Why We Chose to Study at HUC-JIR in Israel: Israeli Students Speak Out

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Jerusalem campus is the home for a full range of programs engaging Israelis seeking to become leaders of the Israeli Reform Movement:

  • The Israeli Rabbinical Program for Israeli students who will advance the burgeoning congregations and communities attracting Israelis seeking an alternative between Orthodoxy and secularism;
  • The M.A. Program in Pluralistic Jewish Education for educators striving to imbue Israeli educational institutions with religious pluralism
  • The Mezorim (Pastoral Care) Program pioneering pastoral care and counseling in Israel’s healthcare facilities and and Sugyot Chayim, an innovative Bibliotherapy) program
  • Tenufa (Momentum), a young adult social activist program for communal entrepeneurs

In this video, students and alumni of these programs reflect on their experiences at HUC-JIR and the impact their work is having on Israeli society.

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. www.huc.edu