Michael 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.