The Tnufa Program: Training the Next Generation of Pluralistic Social Activists

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Tnufa Program is an initiative started by 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 Tnufa (momentum) Program, with 12 dynamic and utterly enthusiastic participants from all over the country, aims to create a community of pluralistic young, social activists who meet monthly at HUC-JIR to learn, create, dream, and develop professional leadership skills that will enable them to positively impact on Israeli culture and society. All of the participants are "graduates" of the Israeli Reform Movement: youth movement, synagogues, pre-Army Mechina, and our schools.

The learning takes place within various formats: workshops, beit midrash, lectures, discussion groups, training, and experience. Most recently, they shared Shabbat together on our Jerusalem Campus. These emerging leaders are mentored by graduates of our various programs, specifically our MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education and Israeli Rabbinic Program.

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.

The Tnufa Program, part of HUC-JIR's Education and Professional Development Department, also serves an outreach and recruitment function as we hope that some of 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