May 12, 2009 – Jessica Ingram, a candidate for the M.A. in Jewish Communal Service living in New York City, will be honored by SAJES, the Suffolk County, NY organization that works to enhance Jewish lives through excitement and creativity in Jewish learning. Ingram completed her studies with an in-depth thesis on the SJCS Alumni Association’s role throughout the 40-year-long history of the SJCS. She will graduate from the SJCS on Monday, May 18, at Graduation Ceremonies at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.
Ingram was identified as one of the top twenty young professionals (in their 20’s) working in Jewish education and communal service for her new vision, passion and vitality that she brings to the Jewish community near and far. Her internship this year was at the UJA Federation of NY.
The award will be presented this evening at the SAJES Annual Tribute Dinner at South Huntington Jewish Center in Melville, Long Island.
“Jessica is an outstanding student who clearly understands the role Jewish communal professionals play today in furthering the vision of the Jewish community,” said Lori Klein, Assistant Director of the SJCS.
The School of Jewish Communal Service of HUC-JIR was founded in 1968 to address the need for more highly trained and Jewishly committed professionals in Jewish life. Over the past 40 years, the SJCS has earned a distinguished reputation as a premier center for the education of Jewish professional leaders with a unique interdisciplinary approach combining Jewish studies and nonprofit management.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's first 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 American Jewish Archives, 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