HUC-JIR Schools of Education Sponsor College Fellows at National Association of Temple Educators Conference - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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HUC-JIR Schools of Education Sponsor College Fellows at National Association of Temple Educators Conference

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

This January, in partnership up with the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE), the HUC-JIR Schools of Education sponsored 10 college-aged men and women who are hoping to make Jewish Education their chosen career path. Aspiring young professionals with dreams of entering the field of Jewish Education were awarded the opportunity to attend January’s NATE Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Fellows participated in workshops where they delved into the rationale and purpose behind Jewish Education and learned about the many ways they can individually contribute to this stimulating and rewarding field. 

Fellows were led by Jo Kay, Director of the School of Education in New York, and Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in Los Angeles, California. The program included time to meet and study as a group with a variety of experienced professionals including Lori Sagarin, past President of NATE and Jan Katzew, Director of the Department of Education for the Union for Reform Judaism. Fellows were each assigned an individual mentor who acted as an advisor and guide during the conference and pledged to follow up with them periodically throughout the year.


As a result of participating in the NATE conference, Fellows have solidified their desire to enter the field of Jewish Education and have increased their enthusiasm to contribute in new ways to this popular and ever-growing field. Kelly Kossar of Binghamton, New York shared with us that, “participating in the NATE conference opened my eyes to the numerous possibilities of being a Jewish educator. I now understand that being a Jewish educator will allow me to mentor others while continuing to explore my own Jewish Identity in the process.”


Graduating seniors have accepted Fellowships at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina and Full Time teaching positions at Central Synagogue in New York City. Fellows foresee themselves applying to HUC in the future, at the completion of their undergraduate degrees or first employment opportunities.


If you would like to nominate a NATE Fellow for our next conference, please contact Lisa Rosenberg at or Stacey Delcau at If you are interested in partnering to sponsor our program, please contact Jo Kay at or Michael Zeldin at


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