Updates from the Jim Joseph Foundation

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Education Initiative and Our Day of Learning: The initial evaluation of the Jim Joseph Foundation-funded Education Initiative, which consists of three major grants of $15 million each to support graduate programs of education at HUC-JIR, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and Yeshiva University, provides convincing evidence that these grants are mostly achieving and, in some cases, exceeding intended outcomes.  There is as well clear indication that each of the institutions is enhancing the capacities of its graduate schools of education in ways that are sustainable. 

Advancing Jewish Early Childhood Education through Coordination and Collaboration: The Jewish Early Childhood Leadership Institute (JECELI), a joint program of HUC-JIR and The Jewish Theological Seminary, is a 15 month in-service professional learning program for new Directors of Early Childhood Education Centers or educators working towards a leadership position in a Jewish Early Childhood Education institution.  JECELI seeks to deepen the Jewish learning of the educators and is designed to prepare Jewish educators to work with families to help develop strong connections to their Jewish communities and to nurture their children’s Jewish growth.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation'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