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School of Education Held National Faculty Retreat in September

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Facutly RetreatThe education faculty from all four campuses and our national programs met for a visioning and planning retreat in Los Angeles on September 26th and 27th.  We launched the retreat with a creative workshop led by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik ( Isaac worked with the faculty to create paper cutting projects around the theme of new beginnings, using recycled superhero comics.

Facutly%20RetreatOver the course of the two and a half days, the faculty reflected upon the strengths and growth possibilities for our graduate programs. We examined the changing face of the field and the factors that shape our ability to deliver the mission of the School of Education across campuses. We also explored how our international, cross-campus presence can leverage the influence of HUC-JIR for the greater good, while we protect and utilize the unique strengths of each school and campus. The faculty are now working on refining a statement of animating principles that will guide our collaborative planning for the future. We will coordinate our efforts with the broader strategic planning undertaking of HUC-JIR as a whole. We look forward to sharing more details with our constituents as we begin to draft more concrete plans.

The tagline of the School of Education, “Question what is. Imagine what can be,” was the perfect mantra to guide our visioning for the field of Jewish education and our role in it. The next phase will be, “Make it Happen.”

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, museums, 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.