Rabbi Joui Hessel has been promoted to to Associate Director of the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Eastern Region as of July 1, 2018. In this role, Rabbi Hessel will increase her responsibilities with NORA by traveling to more college campuses and attending conferences with a focus on engaging prospective HUC-JIR students for all of its programs. She will continue to teach at various campuses and serve on faculty at URJ Kutz Camp and URJ Camp Coleman during the summers. She will be working with our NORA representative on campus and Dean of Students (NY), Rabbi Andrew Goodman.
Prior to her work at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Hessel served Washington Hebrew Congregation first as a pulpit rabbi and then as Rabbi and Director of Religious Education and Jewish Engagement. She received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 1998 and was ordained from the New York campus of the College-Institute in 2001. She earned her B.A. in Secondary School Education from The University of Georgia. Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of the Office of Recruitment and Admissions adds: “I am very excited to promote Rabbi Hessel to this new position. Her experience, wisdom and many professional skill-set and personal traits have made her invaluable to our team for nearly five years. HUC-JIR is blessed to have Rabbi Hessel in such an important leadership role with our prospective students, applicants and alumni.
Rabbi Hessel co-authored The Hanukkah Family Treasury, published by Running Hill Press. She has been published in the CCAR’s publication The Sacred Encounter (2014) and in a book on parenting young adult children, Mom, Can I Move Back in with You: A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings, published by Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium. She has served on the boards of CCAR and the WRN. She resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband, Jimmy Hexter, and their young daughter where she serves on the Greenwich United Way Board of Directors.