HUC-JIR is ahead of the trends and transitions in
American Jewry and international Jewry through
research, communal leadership, and training,”
Matthew Lipton-Schwartz, who is completing his Master’s
degree in Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR and
M.B.A. at the University of Southern California Marshall
School of Business.
HUC-JIR enables me to become not
only a professional in my work, but also a communal
From courses in Jewish History to Talmud and Midrash,
Lipton-Schwartz has developed his understanding of
Judaism as an individual and as part of the greater narrative
of the Jewish people.
The two-and-a-half week seminar
in Israel, however, changed my life,”
leaders, diplomats, researchers, and other major players
within the Israeli community. I came face to face with
Judaism’s 3000 years of history and struggle.”
He is compelled to answer the tough questions. “How
do we structure our organizations? How do we sustain
our communities? How do we support the global Jewish
community and, even beyond that, anybody else needing
support and care?” His answers lie in “the Jewish values
that give us strength” and a focus on the nonprofit sector,
where the mission of doing good must be supported by
able business practices, effective organization, vision,
communication, and commitment to the cause.
The return,” he explains, “can be measured in the social
impact you can have on a community, on the world.”
He helps guarantee that “return” right now, while intern-
ing with a social service agency – Jewish Family Service
of Los Angeles – that touches the lives of over 100,000
people throughout the year.
Jewish nonprofit management student Matthew Lipton-Schwartz reflects on the Jewish and
secular perspectives of his dual degree program at HUC-JIR and USC.
Jewish Nonprofit Management Student/Los Angeles