Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators : Seeking Applicants for Third Cohort of Program : Beginning in February 2011

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators is seeking applicants for the third cohort of this program, which will begin in 2011.  Guided by the vision and funding of UJA-Federation of New York, this historic initiative allows the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the Davidson School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) to work together to further the professional skills and Judaic knowledge of congregational educators. In partnership with the BJE/SAJES of New York, congregational educators are invited to apply for this third cohort and join the LICSE community of learners!

The Leadership Institute was established in 2005 to enhance leadership in Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative congregations in New York, Long Island, Westchester and the greater metropolitan region.   Focus is given to the areas of leadership, pedagogy, and Judaic knowledge, upon which the Institute curriculum is designed. 

There are a number of components to the Leadership Institute.  Participants will learn during two ten-day summer seminars; a ten-day seminar in Israel; various skill-building symposia; and a series of site visits to successful congregational schools. In addition, participants will be assigned a personal mentor, and have the opportunity to study as part of an approved Individualized Learning Plan.

The UJA-Federation of New York is awarding a grant of nearly $2 million dollars, which translates into $50,000 per educator.  Participants will be offered a $1,500 stipend to pursue an Individualized Learning Plan and an additional $2,000 will be granted to each congregation to develop professional learning for the faculty.

Educators from outside the catchment area will be required to contribute a $7,500 tuition fee over the 2 ½ years.

The third cohort's program will begin in February 2011, followed by a one-day workshop in April.  The first summer seminar is scheduled for the end of June/beginning of July 2011.  Specific dates will be posted on the LICSE website in a few weeks.  Applications are available at the website at  www.leader-institute.org or a hard copy can be obtained by contacting Dr. Evie Rotstein, Project Director or Beth Lutzker, Program Associate, at 212-824-2299, blutzker@huc.edu, or erotstein@huc.edu.


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