HUC-JIR’s Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults is a year-long program offers individuals the chance to study topics critical to working with youth, teens, and young adults.
Barak Malkin, a member of the inaugural cohort of the Certificate Program and youth advisor at Temple Emanu-El, Edison, NJ, was asked to lead his congregation's "Spiritual Sharing" service on Yom Kippur.
"Last year I was given an incredible opportunity when I was chosen off of the wait list for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s new certificate program in Jewish Education. A year later, I have completed all of the courses, graduated from the program, and received a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescent and Emerging Adults. I don’t think that HUC-JIR realized it, but the material we learned would be just a small part of what made the program so wonderful." Read more.
Heather Paul, a member of the second cohort of the Certificate Program and Jewish Life Associate/Director of Camp Kesem at Hillel at Stanford, shares her experience as a Hillel professional taking part in the program.
"My introduction to HUC-JIR opened in a very Jewish way: with a question. 'How can we, as Jews, be a part of and apart from American culture? That’s a rhetorical question right now, but I want you to start today, and then work on answering it for the rest of your life.' We laughed, but the asker, Rabbi Tali Zelkowicz, Ph.D., was right." Read more.