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HUC-JIR Leadership Institute Heads to Israel

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

On Thursday, February 5, 2009, over 40 Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators (LICSE) participants and mentors will travel to Israel for a 10-day seminar. This seminar will examine the central role that Israel plays in Jewish education and how educational leaders can make Israel a relevant and vital component of congregational schools. LICSE participants will visit a school, meet with Israeli educators, participate in sessions with David Horowitz, Steve Israel, and Rachel Korazim, attend a TuBishvat Seder, as well as celebrate the B’nai Mitzvot of three of our participants. 

Dalia Tibon and Neomi Frisch of Leo Baeck-Lokey Institute and Dr. Alex Sinclair, a lecturer at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and an adjunct assistant professor at JTS will work with the group to create learning experiences that will incorporate a multi-denominational perspective. Participants and mentors have also been busy planning Daily Tefillot, Ongai Shabbat, Dvrai Torah, Havdallah, and creative ways to communicate with their schools while in Israel through Skype and blogs.

The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators offers congregational school educators the opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a new vision for school leadership.  The Leadership Institute is guided by the vision of the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and is fully funded by the UJA-Federation of New York. This historic opportunity will enable HUC-JIR and JTS to join together to further the leadership capacity, pedagogic skills and Judaic knowledge of congregational school educators. This program is open to candidates from all denominations in the New York, Long Island, Westchester and the greater metropolitan area extending to New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

To qualify, educators must have at least two full years of experience leading a congregational school. Candidates must also demonstrate support from the congregation’s Rabbi, Board President, and Education Chair to establish the terms of the financial and time commitments.

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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.