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Summer 2017 Update from the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions

The National Office of Recruitment and Admissions (NORA) team works in all four HUC-JIR regions to recruit and engage prospective students for the College-Institute through a variety of methodologies and initiatives. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the NORA team collectively engaged thousands of prospective students through visits to college campuses, camps, and conferences; at HUC-JIR youth events and on-campus programs; through teaching events and national partnerships, and more.

These initiatives can be divided into eight major categories:

  • Summer Recruitment: NORA engaged over 6,000 prospects at more than 50 camps and programs across North America and Israel during the summer of 2017.
  • College and University Campus Visits: 50+ campuses engaged by NORA in 2016-17.
  • On Campus Programs for College Students: 250 college students hosted on HUC-JIR campuses.
  • On Campus Programs for High School Students: 250+.
  • Birthright Israel Engagement: 400+ participants in Israel.
  • New Internships and Fellowship Programs in New York and Israel: Founders' Fellowship and the Reform/Progressive MASA Israel Internship program.
  • Post-College Individualized Mentorship: 500+ prospective students have worked with NORA professionals on an individual basis in the process of discernment and preparation to apply to HUC- JIR programs.
  • New Institutional Partnerships with Organizations and Funders 

Between 2016-2017, HUC-JIR offered admission to another record breaking class of rabbinical students, accepted one of the largest classes of cantorial students in the last decade, and enrolled the largest Year-In-Israel class in the past ten years.

NORA is now preparing to engage with thousands of students and Jewish professionals at URJ Biennial, in addition to visiting over 50 colleges and universities and attending more than 20 conferences throughout fall and spring.