HUC-JIR Recruits the Future of Jewish Leadership and Scholarship

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Based on the results of a survey administered in Spring 2010, The Department of Admissions and Recruitment has been creatively reaching the future Jewish leaders through a wide array of events and initiatives for the 2010-2011 school year. 

The survey indicated that two out of three applicants apply to HUC-JIR because of the influence of alumni.  Therefore…

The newest recruitment efforts for the year have partnered with the Office of Alumni Affairs to coordinate local initiatives that focus on the special relationships alumni have with potential applicants.  The HUC on the Road programs have engaged committees of alumni and friends of HUC to bring faculty and resources to in five cities across the US: Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and Miami.

Also, integral partnerships have been established and reestablished with the Recruitment Working Groups of the Alumni Associations for each of HUC-JIR’s programs.  The working groups are seeking beneficial ways to both add value to the alumni’s experience and the college’s need to recruit the “best of the best”.  In so much, a new initiative called the Alumni Applicant Mentor Program is matching alumni from across the world with current applicants—aiding them in answering questions about HUC, their experiences with the profession of choice, and helping them navigate the admissions process.

The survey results demonstrated the integral role that summer camps and intense Jewish experiences have on making a Jewish career decision.  Therefore…

Alumni and current students are being sought to serve as recruitment liaisons for summer camps, as Summer Camp Captains.  This intuitive began in Summer 2010 with great success and will be implemented again for 2011 with not only greater partnership with alumni and students but also the URJ and summer camp directors.

The survey results also concluded that 1 out of 2 applicants think about a career in the Jewish community when they are under the age of 21.  Therefore…

In collaboration with the American Jewish Archives, four programs geared toward high school and college students have been scheduled for the year.  More than 300 nominations from alumni and colleagues were received by the AJA, and each of the programs welcomed 30+ students to the Cincinnati campus, making use of the Archives, newly renovated Sisterhood Dorms and other renown features of HUC-JIR.

The survey also indicated that one out of four potential applicants have an experience in Israel prior to coming to HUC-JIR.  Israel is a prime location for intense recruitment.  Therefore…

A fully established calendar of events at the Jerusalem campus and around Israel has helped to increase the presence of HUC and particularly the Reform Movement in Israel.  With the advent of the Open Houses, Shabbtons, and programming at Pardes and the Conservative Yeshiva, the staff and students of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem are seeing more prospective applicants come through the doors of their campus.

As the admissions season approaches, the Department of Admissions and Recruitment will continue discussions about improving recruitment for both short term and long term initiatives with our newly engaged internal and external partners.


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 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of 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