Rabbi Ofek Meir Appointed Director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rabbi Ofek Meir has been appointed the new Director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at the Jerusalem Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, as of July 1, 2015.  A graduate of this program, Rabbi Meir was ordained in 2006 and also received the Master of Arts in Religious Education at HUC-JIR’s New York School of Education in 2006. Rabbi Meir succeeds Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, who will be retiring after heading the Israel Rabbinical Program since 2009.

“Rabbi Ofek Meir will bring his vast experience and many gifts to the Israel Rabbinic Program,” stated Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. “He is a ‘born and bred’ Reform Israeli, with a deep background in our Youth Movement and a distinguished tenure at the Leo Baeck Center in Haifa.  His qualities as a rabbi-educator will have atransformative impact on our Israel Rabbinic Program and on the entire Jerusalem Campus. We look forward to his inspired leadership.”

Rabbi Meir returns to HUC-JIR after decades of visionary educational and rabbinical service at the Leo Baeck Center in Haifa, where he is currently Deputy Director and the Headmaster of Middle School.  During his years there, he began as a Youth counselor, youth program Director, teacher of Jewish studies in the High School, and coordinator of Diaspora Educational projects. He founded the Lockey International Center, where he created leadership programs and a variety of educational initiatives. He helped establish and was the founding headmaster of the first private Elementary School at Leo Baeck, while serving as rabbi for the School system there.

Rabbi Meir is a master teacher, educational leader, and gifted musician both in formal and informal settings. He has been involved in creating curricular materials and countless innovative programs. He oversees the Israeli Scouts program at the Center.

 Born in Jerusalem, he was raised in the Israeli Reform Movement. He and his wife, Yifat, are the parents of three children. He will bring his vast experience and many gifts to the Israeli Rabbinic program.

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