On May 8, 2013, the Induction and Retention Initiative of the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative at HUC-JIR launched its second year with a cross-campus event on all stateside campuses. With nearly twenty participants, the event served to build a sense of cohort among the alumni of 2013 and provide these new graduates with an opportunity to think intentionally about their transition to the workplace.
Participants were welcomed by Dr. Michael Zeldin, Senior National Director of the Schools of Education. Rena Fraade, Chair of the New York School of Education Alumni Association, and Lisa Langer, Incoming Chair of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education Alumni Association, lead the Class of 2013 in text study.
Rena Fraade stated, "When speaking with our new graduates, I mentioned that my lay leader work often reignites my spark for my career, and the launch event did just that. I was inspired by the new leadership, their eagerness to learn, and their desire to think, understand, explore, and challenge assumptions. What a great start to the next step in their career!"
Lisa Langer stated, "It was wonderful to be able to welcome our newest HUC-JIR Schools of Education alumni in real time! I loved the chance to see each of them, learn with them, and set in motion my relationships with our newest colleagues. I know that this experience will make our next in-person meeting that much more meaningful. I look forward to their engagement with the Alumni Associations in the very near future."
Pictured: 2013 Graduates of the HUC-JIR New York School of Education
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