Dganit Timor Jenshil Appointed Director of Community Relations at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dganit Timor Jenshil has been appointed to the new position of Director of Community Relations at HUC-JIR’s Jerusalem Campus. 

“The HUC-JIR community is thrilled that Dganit Jenshil has joined us,” stated Elizabeth Squadron, Vice President for Program and Business Development. “As part of the College-Institute’s strategic plan, we are committed to bringing more North American congregations to our Jerusalem campus to study and worship with us and to plan their celebrations on our beautiful campus. With the establishment of Deganit Jenshil’s position, we now have a point person in-house who can welcome and support Reform Jews visiting Jerusalem and introduce more of them to HUC-JIR.”

Jenshil is a native-born Israeli from the South of Israel. During her service in the Israel Defense Forces, she was a Hebrew teacher for new immigrant soldiers, and since then has been involved in informal Jewish education. She has over twenty years of experience in the field, having worked with various organizations in Israel including Meilitz, Young Judaea, Ramah and Netzer Olami. Jenshil worked for seven years as the Israel Director of Otzma, a Jewish Federations' program for college graduates.  Following Otzma, Dganit served as the Director of North America Programs of Israel Experience, a subsidiary of The Jewish Agency.

She has an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Political Science from Bar Ilan University in Israel and a Master's degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

“I am extremely excited to be joining the HUC-JIR team,” says Jenshil. “I look forward to developing innovative programs and welcoming everyone to visit the HUC-JIR campus here in Jerusalem.”

Jenshil spent three years in New Jersey with her husband, who was a Jewish Agency Shaliach (emissary) and their children. While in the U.S., she worked as a Jewish educator with two communities, as well as serving as an educational consultant. She lives in Tzur Hadassah with her husband and three children.

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