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Twelve DeLeT Fellows Receive Certificates in Jewish Day School Teaching

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009


First time in the history of the State of California that teachers will have earned their

California teaching credentials by studying at a Jewish institution



The Rhea Hirsch School of Education launched 12 DeLeT fellows into careers as day school teachers at a culminating ceremony on the Los Angeles campus on July 23.  Having completed an intensive thirteen (13) month program of study and teaching internships, the 12 graduates, all dynamic professionals, will bring their enthusiasm and pedagogic expertise to their new day school teaching positions.


This group is the 7th cohort of DeLeT fellows to become Jewish day school teachers. During the first 7 years of DeLeT, HUC-JIR and Brandeis have launched 108 new day school teachers. HUC-JIR has granted a Certificate in Day School Teaching to 39 DeLeT alumni and will award 12 more this summer.


The graduates include: Jonathan Abelson, Joel Harris Abramovitz, Coralia Rachel Aleman, Sarite Alterman, Melissa Rose Greenwood, Isaac Jacobs-Gomes, Hillel Aaron Kurlandsky, Rami David Raff, Brian Roth, Donna Seidel, Devorah Gloria Servi, and Amy LynnWatenmaker.


These new day school teachers will join the other DeLeT alumni who are teaching in Jewish day schools and taking on leadership positions in Jewish education on both coasts and in the Midwest.  As new alumni, they will participate in the DeLeT induction program, a program which supports teachers through the inevitable rough moments in their first two years of teaching.  13 new fellows began their studies this summer and will begin their internships and their HUC coursework in September.


DeLeT, a program of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles is dedicated to fostering teaching excellence in Jewish day schools in North America.  DeLeT carries out its mission through collaborative recruitment strategies, a 13-month fellowship program that combines academic coursework with mentored experience in Jewish day schools, guidance from a Clinical Educator in the internship experience, mentor teacher institutes, days of study for heads of school, and a program of induction support for DeLeT alumni in their first few years of teaching.


To date, the HUC-JIR and Brandeis sites of DeLeT have graduated 108 new teachers.  The HUC-JIR alumni serve in 18 Jewish day schools, mostly in Northern and Southern California.


The Rhea Hirsch School of Education was founded by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1969 in response to a growing demand for the development of a cadre of Jewish educational leaders. In addition to its outstanding academic courses, the Rhea Hirsch School was a pioneer in the field of clinical education and mentoring. Supported by a grant from the Wexner Foundation, the academic faculty worked together with the clinical faculty to develop an exemplary protocol for similar institutions throughout North America.  The Rhea Hirsch School has graduated more than 300 Jewish educators who work in congregations, day schools, camps, Israel programs, central agencies, and academic institutions in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Israel. Over the years, the school has become a center for research in the field of Jewish education and a means for outreach and service to Jewish educational institutions, primarily those of the Reform Movement.

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.