Creating Community Among Pluralistic Young Social Activists with the Tnufa Program

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Tnufa (momentum) Program, an exciting program for young leadership training, is an initiative of two university students who grew up in Israel's Reform Movement and approached HUC-JIR with the hope of gaining support and direction to become more effective social activists. The program, geared towards dynamic professionals who are making their way in a range of educational and cultural from all over the country, aims to create a community among pluralistic young social activists.  During their bi-monthly meetings at HUC-JIR, participants create, dream, and develop professional leadership skills that will enable them to positively impact on Israeli culture and society.

The learning takes place within various formats: workshops, beit midrash, lectures, discussion groups, training, and experience. The program content includes text study, study of the Hebrew calendar, Jewish and Israeli culture, models of visionary leadership, processes and organizations in contemporary Jewish-Israeli society, and tools to develop initiatives.  These emerging leaders are mentored by graduates of our various programs, specifically our MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education and Israeli Rabbinic Program.

The current cohort represents young Israelis across the religious spectrum - from orthodox to secular.  Each participant promotes a project aimed to improve Israeli society in a rich variety of ways, and with mentoring and group support, they are able to implement their fresh dreams and hopes for Israel.

The Tnufa Program, part of HUC-JIR's Education and Professional Development Department, also serves an outreach and recruitment function as we hope that these young participants will enroll in our various programs in the future.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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 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