Joy Wasserman, National Director of Alumni Affairs at HUC-JIR, has been chosen from among a group of hundreds of nominees to be in the very first cohort of Jim Joseph Foundation Fellows. She will be working on a project that will put her at the forefront of change in the way Jewish educators interact and collaborate.
“We look forward with great enthusiasm to collaborating with Joy Wasserman on this extraordinary and pioneering project,” said Shalom Berger and Esther Feldman, Co-Directors, JJFF Program, and Stuart Zweiter, Director, The Lookstein Center.
Wasserman will participate in a program of professional development at The Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University that will focus on leadership, community building, Jewish literacy, and technology. The program is designed to enable Wasserman to play a leadership role in her professional community and specifically to support her in initiating, developing, and nurturing professional collaborative communities housed on an online platform. This program includes a commitment on her part to develop and maintain online collaborative communities with colleagues and peers in her area of educational expertise. Wasserman will continue to serve in her full-time professional capacity at HUC-JIR for the duration of the fellowship.
Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, “This is a great honor for Joy Wasserman and for the College-Institute. I know that Joy will capitalize upon this opportunity to enhance her already wonderful work with our alumni.”
Wasserman stated, “It is a privilege to be included in this inaugural cohort and to represent HUC-JIR in this capacity. I am grateful to have the opportunity, training, and coaching to advance our institution and alumni affairs into the e-world of the 21st century.”
The Shimon Ben Joseph Foundation, commonly known as the Jim Joseph Foundation, is committed to the legacy of its founder, Jim Joseph, z”l, a dedicated Jewish philanthropist who cared passionately about the education of Jewish children, youth, and young adults. He believed that focusing on young people was the best way to preserve a strong Jewish faith and proud heritage, thereby ensuring success of the Jewish people for the future. The Foundation, established in 2006, is building on the philanthropic mission that Jim Joseph pursued: to foster compelling effective learning experiences for young Jews in the United States in the multitude of settings where Jewish learning takes place, including but not limited to day schools, camps, youth groups, congregations, college campuses, service learning experiences, community centers, and the like.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America'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