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Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults Students Share their Experiences

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Friday, October 19, 2012

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.


To learn more about the HUC-JIR Certificate Program in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults, click here or contact Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman at

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, 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.