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School of Jewish Communal Service’s : 40th Anniversary Honored by : Journal of Jewish Communal Service

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Richard A. Siegel, Director of the SJCS, served as editor of this volume and writes: The HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service (SJCS) in Los Angeles was founded in 1968, enrolled its first students in 1969, and graduated its first class in 1970.  Now 40 years later, the SJCS has established itself, not just as one of the leading graduate programs training professional leaders for the Jewish community but also as a shaper of the contemporary practice of the profession itself.  The more than 600 graduates of the program provide informed, experienced, and Jewishly grounded direction, guidance, and leadership to Jewish communal agencies throughout the world; and the research and creative thought reflected in their master’s theses has provided insight into the professional experience in the Jewish communal world and led to the exploration of new fields, issues, and constituencies.  All of the articles in this Journal are written either by alumni or faculty of the school, and all relate to broad issues of concern to Jewish communal professionals wherever they are in the world and for whatever agencies they work. The issue is divided into four sections:
• It’s a Field, It’s a Profession…It’s a Calling
• Things I (Should Have) Learned in School
• Here, There, and Everywhere
• The Millenials are Coming

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