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Student Spotlight: Meet Third-Year Rabbinical/Education Student Brett Weisman

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Brett is a current third year rabbinical student who is also pursing a Masters in Jewish Education degree through the Rhea Hirsch School of Education.  As an intern with the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Brett spent his summer traveling to camps across North America and engaging hundreds of campers and staff.

He writes:

I have wanted to become a rabbi since I began preparing for my bar mitzvah, in fact my AOL Instant Messenger screen name was RabbiWeisman. Through the twists and turns of life’s corridors, I found myself in Columbus Ohio, where I met my wonderful wife Molly and began working at Temple Beth Shalom. At Beth Shalom, I had the opportunity to work with two outstanding rabbis Rabbi Howard Apothaker, a brilliant scholar and rabbinic mind and Rabbi Benjy Bar Lev, charismatic, funny and dedicated to creative Jewish education. As a Rabbi and educator, I will draw from my rabbinic mentors to make Judaism accessible, engaging, and push people to delve deeper into the richness of Judaism.

This summer I had the esteemed privilege of traveling to eight Jewish summer camps throughout the United States and Canada. While each camp is completely unique, each camp will tell you that their camp is the most special place on earth. There is a reason for that. When we engage in Judaism on a daily basis, we learn things about ourselves and our heritage that we wouldn’t realize elsewhere. Little did we know that we yearn to be pushed and inspired to grow. Summer camps and Hebrew schools are truly the entry point for the opportunity of a life time: the opportunity to be Jewish. My rabbinate, driven by education, will seek to bring Judaism to the minds, but also the hearts of future generations.

Would you like to speak with Brett and other HUC-JIR students? Let us know! And learn more about our Joint Rabbinic Education program here.


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. www.huc.edu