Five alumni of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) have been selected to join the 2016-2017 cohort of the UJA-Federation of New York Rabbinic Fellowship for Visionary Leaders. UJA-Federation of New York created the Fellowship for mid-career rabbis to give voice to their rabbinic visions as they expand their practical toolkit to lead a thriving congregation amidst a changing landscape.
HUC-JIR alumni include:
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President, stated, "We are proud of our rabbinical alumni who will be participating in this important fellowship and are grateful to UJA-Federation of New York for its vision in engaging mid-career rabbis of all denominations to study together and further hone their leadership development."
"One of the key attributes of thriving synagogues is visionary rabbinic leadership," writes UJA-Federation of New York. "In order to be visionary leaders, rabbis must possess a voice deeply rooted in Jewish wisdom, values, and learning; the ability to lead with authentic vision; leadership and management skills appropriate to the complexity of synagogue life; a strong peer network; and a sense of connectedness to the broader landscape of both synagogue and Jewish communal life in their local community."