With the support of a 5-year $14,992,000 grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation (JJF), HUC-JIR has embarked on an unprecedented set of initiatives to dramatically increase the number of highly-qualified Jewish educators prepared to provide compelling experiences of Jewish learning and living to youth, teens, and young adults. The JJF Education Initiative’s impact on HUC-JIR’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education and New York School of Education this year included:
- Tuition scholarships, to support a growing number of students seeking careers as leaders in Jewish education, were provided to 30 students in 2011-2012 and 34 students beginning in Fall 2012 in the M.A.J.E., M.A.R.E., Joint Master’s in Jewish Nonprofit Management and M.A.J.E. or M.A.R.E. programs, and Rabbinical-Education program for rabbinical students.
- The Executive Master’s Program in Jewish Education, for Jewish educators with a minimum of five years of leadership experience seeking to earn the M.A. degree while continuing to live and work in their home communities, launched its first two cohorts, totaling 32 Jewish educators having an impact on congregational schools throughout North America.
- The Certificate Program in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults, designed to expand the knowledge and skills of educators working with this age group, graduated its inaugural cohort and launched Cohort 2, totaling 31 participants implementing innovative Jewish education.
- The Induction and Retention Initiative, to reinforce fulfilling and successful long-term career paths for educators, was inaugurated with a New Educators Transition Boot Camp taught by 15 veteran educators who are HUC-JIR education alumni.
- The Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute, organized to strengthen the Jewish culture and leadership of early childhood programs, was launched with 16 participants, in partnership The Jewish Theological Seminary and in consultation with the Bank Street College of Education.
- A Rabbinical-Education Program for students on the Cincinnati campus, who previously did not have access to this joint program already available in Los Angeles and New York, was launched to allow them to earn the M.A.R.E. degree through the New York School of Education.