Michael Gropper Appointed Assistant Dean of the Jack H. Skirball Campus - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Michael Gropper Appointed Assistant Dean of the Jack H. Skirball Campus

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Michael GropperMichael Gropper was promoted to Assistant Dean for the Jack H. Skirball campus in Los Angeles in July. Prior to this role, he served HUC-JIR for over four years as the Assistant Director of Development for the Western Region. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Ethnomusicology before completing his Masters in Organizational Leadership and Innovation from the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management.

Joshua Holo, Ph.D., Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles, says, "We look forward with great anticipation to Michael’s move to the Dean’s Office, where his insight into the student experience will build upon his already impressive profile. Most of all, his spirit of partnership will now have a new platform to shape the culture of our campus and all its constituencies."

Michael served as Moishe House’s Western Regional Director, opening his eyes to the spectrum of millennial Jewish expression and what it means to build your own home in Judaism. He spent years directing the LA community's Birthright Israel program for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where he came to the conclusion that he is always hungry for hummus, adventure, and an engaging discussion on matters of the heart. In 2009-2010, Michael spent over a year with the JDC as a Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Mumbai, India creating innovative programming to respond to pressing communal challenges while exploring his own communal and personal passions.

When he is not on campus, Michael volunteers as a mentor/big brother for a 12 year-old with the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, as line cook for the St. Francis Center on Hope St., as an emergency volunteer with IsraAID, and as a chaplain and shofar blower for UCLA health and across the SoCal Jewish community.

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 leaders to serve 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