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.