National Office of Recruitment and Admissions August Update

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Where were we this summer?

The professional team of HUC-JIR's National Office of Recruitment and Admissions (NORA) was out meeting thousands of young people and thinking together with them about leadership dilemmas and the future of the Jewish people. With a full team of recruitment professionals on the ground for the first time in many years, the NORA team reached a record number of prospective HUC-JIR students, alumni, and stakeholders this summer. The NORA professionals visited 45 summer camps, an unprecedented number, all across North America. Rabbi Adam Allenberg, Rabbi Joui Hessel, Jordanna Flores, Rabbi Debbie Bravo, and Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., engaged future leadership at all the URJ camps as well as dozens of other summer camps and conferences.

In Israel, Rabbi Haim Shalom, as well as Rabbi Rachel Sabath, engaged with the NFTY-in-Israel directors and staff as well as all of its participants throughout their Israel experience. In addition, Rabbis Shalom and Sabath also met with dozens of Birthright Israel and BBYO groups talking with them about professional opportunities at HUC-JIR while they experienced peak moments in the development of their Jewish identity. 

Alumni Actions:

  1. Do you know a high school or college student, or a youth professional you'd like to nominate for an upcoming seminar or fellowship on one of our campuses should write to us at or  Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D. These programs include significant travel subsidies.  More information can be found on our website. Please share with colleagues, students, and future leaders.
  2. Do you want to refer a potential candidate to our offices? You can easily can do so through this link.
  3. Are you willing and able to meet with prospective candidates in your area? Just let us know!

  4. Know someone who will be in Israel during the fall holidays or at any point during 2015-16? Please be in contact with Rabbi Haim Shalom

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.