Deborah Shapiro Abelson Appointed Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Deborah Shapiro Abelson, who has served as the Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles for the past three years, has now taken on the role of National Director of Admissions and Recruitment for HUC-JIR, as of July 1, 2010.

“As an esteemed Jewish Communal Service alumna of HUC-JIR, we welcome Deborah Shapiro Abelson’s creativity, expertise, strategic vision, and commitment in vitalizing our admissions and recruitment programs,” says Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President.  “She is taking on the challenges of enthusing, exciting, and communicating the quality of our programs to men and women in search of careers that will possess profound meaning, and will be working with a combination of staff, students, and faculty across the campuses as well as alumni and members of the Board to build our recruitment efforts. I am confident their efforts will be rewarded in the years ahead as promising new students enter the College-Institute to meet the growing need for the next generation of Jewish professional leaders.”

In her new capacity, Debbie will be implementing new strategies for long term and short term recruitment for all programs, across all campuses.  These initiatives include the Open Houses, HUC on the Road, Information Session Webinars and New Leadership Programs for High School and College Students (in cooperation with the American Jewish Archives).

Debbie received an M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR/LA in 2004 and an M.P.A. from USC.  Since her graduation from HUC-JIR in 2004, she has worked as a consultant for Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, D.C., in the department of Campus Advancement.

Debbie worked at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles during her graduate studies, and has also worked at the San Francisco Hillel as a Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow and at the Hillel Foundation of Orange County as a Program Director. She has her B.A. in Communication, with a minor in Socio-Cultural Linguistics, from UC-Santa Barbara.


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