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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

--12 to be awarded Master of Arts degree in Jewish Communal Service--


May 1, 2009 – Students in the School of Jewish Communal Service (SJCS) completed and presented their graduation theses and capstone projects on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, to their peers, faculty and members of the SJCS Advisory Board.


 “We take pride in encouraging and promoting a tradition of intellectual and professional inquiry, as reflected in the original research undertaken by our students.  We view the nature of this research as an essential component of the curriculum, providing and opportunity for our graduating students to apply their learning, integrate their classroom instruction and field experience, and make contributions to the field of Jewish Communal Service,” said Richard A. Siegel, SJCS Interim Director. Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and the SJCS thesis advisor noted that “A number of this year’s theses focused on the Millennial Generation and their impact on the Jewish community, including a best practices guide for Jewish organizations to use Facebook as a marketing tool, a design for an informal social space for young adult Jews, and an analysis of Millennials in the workplace.”


The College-Institute’s library maintains the collection of SJCS theses and research projects, providing a rich inventory of the contributions and interests of the hundreds of students who have graduated from the SJCS.


The following chart lists the graduating students and the titles of their theses:


Benjamin Elliott Bloom

Not Just for the Pizza: Jewish Student Union's Impact on its Current Members and Alumni

David Harris

Facebook:  It’s Not Just Social Networking Anymore -- Best Practices for Jewish Organizations

Jessica Ingram

40th Anniversary Alumni Study of the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service

Laurel Klein

Mitzvah Bar: A New Model for the Young Adult Jewish Community

Shira Liff-Grieff

Integrating the Millennial Generation: A Study of Young Professionals in the Jewish Nonprofit Sector

Anna Schwarz

Is My Heart in the East If I Am in The West?  A Study of Israelis Living in Los Angeles


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 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.