Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is located in the heart of Jerusalem, overlooking the Old City walls. The College is part of an educational complex comprising the Administration Building, the
Abramov Library, the Bernard Heller Torah Center and the Skirball Center for Biblical & Archaeological Research, which houses the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology and the Skirball Museum. It also includes the Beit Shmuel: a Cultural Center, guesthouse, and the headquarters of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, and Mercaz Shimshon, the headquarters of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and Israel Office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations Union for Reform Judaism?
Rau Administration Building
Open Sunday - Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm
The Rau Administration Building contains the William Murstein Synagogue and the Administrative Offices of the College. This includes the offices of the Dean, Administrative Director, Director of the YII program, Office of Student Services, Israeli Rabbinic program, Recruitment and Outreach Office, the Bookkeeping Department and the Maintenance Department offices, some teachers' offices as well as the NFTY and Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) - Israel office.
Bernard Heller Torah Center (classroom complex)
The classrooms, located in the Rabbi Bernard Heller Torah Center are clustered around a central courtyard in the Albert and Marilynn Gersten Courtyard. Among the classrooms are the Music Room and the Offices of the Cantorial Program. Some of the Teachers’ Offices as well as the Arnold and Muriel Rown Faculty Conference Room (the Teachers’ Room) are located on the second floor of the Classroom Complex.
Student Lounge (The Moadon)
Open Sunday - Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Arrangements can be made to extend the hours, in consultation with the Office of Student Services. A microwave and refrigerator are available for students to use. Student lockers are located in the rear of the lounge. The Moadon is set up with wireless internet.
Located opposite the Student Lounge, the Feinstein Building comprises the residence of the President of HUC-JIR on the top floor and a pre-school nursery and kindergarten on the lower floors.
Open Sunday - Thursday 8:15am - 4:45pm
The S. Zalman and Ayala Abramov Library is open Sunday-Thursday from 8:15am-4:45pm. The library will employ a few students who will be paid to keep the library open after hours. Hours may be extended during exam periods and abbreviated during vacations. Please speak to the Head of Student Services if you are interested in working.
Reserve materials that are needed for course work are found at the Circulation Desk. They may be checked out at 4:30 pm for next day return at 9:00 am. You may borrow books from the general collection for three weeks. The library collection supports your classroom curriculum as well as outside research and reading. The librarians will be happy to offer bibliographic assistance.
The general reading areas are quiet areas. To avoid unpleasant situations please limit group study and personal conversations to the study and seminar rooms. Eating, drinking, and smoking are strictly prohibited in the library. Violators will be asked to leave.
Classes vary in character and libraries need change. We are always interested in hearing your suggestions and constructive criticism regarding acquisitions and library procedures.
Additional library information and locations can be found in this booklet under the “Hebrew University-Library” and “Public and Private Library” sections.
There is a photocopier for self-service, student and public use, on the 1st floor of the library. Copy cards may be purchased at the Library Circulation Desk. Copies done for the College can be billed to the appropriate department.
- Computer Services
The second floor of the library houses the Daniel Rechler Student Computer Center which contains workstations and printers for student use. The Library is set up with wireless internet.
Use of rooms/moadon for after school activities
If you wish access to classrooms, the moadon or auditorium, arrangements must be made in advance with the Office of Student Services. This applies to use during the day and after 5:00 pm when the campus closes. If you have an activity on campus after 5:00, entrance and exit is through Beit Shmuel which is open 24 hours a day. Lock all windows and doors at the conclusion of your activities.
Student mailboxes for incoming mail and internal correspondence are located in the back hall of the Administration Building.
Security on campus
When the college is open, a security guard is always at the entrance to the College. Another guard is stationed at the parking lot entrance on King David Street. please remember that the security guards’ job is to keep huc-jir safe! Keep your student ID cards with you and do not be insulted if the guard asks you who you are, why you are on campus and asks to inspect your belongings.
Do not leave belongings and valuables unsupervised; either carry them with you, put them in the HUC-JIR safe, or leave them in your locker.
Be suspicious of any object or package left unattended. Should you encounter a suspicious object (chefetz chashood), do not touch it. Ask people standing in the area whether it belongs to any of them. If no one claims it, direct people in the vicinity away from the object and prevent everyone from approaching the object. Call the security officer. This procedure should be followed on and off campus. In general:
- Immediately notify the security officer (at the front desk of the Rau Building/tel: 313) if you notice any security/safety problems.
- Always contact the security officer before calling the police.
If you discover any problems on campus, e.g. safety, electrical, plumbing etc. please report it to the Administrative Director, Yoav Ben Moshe.
Lost and found
If you find a lost object, take it to the Maintenance Office or the receptionist. If you lose anything, check with those Departments. NOTE: According to state law, lost articles which are found in institutions are transferred once a month to the Israeli Police Lost and Found at 107 Yaffo Street. If the article is not claimed within two months, it is returned to the institution and the original finder has the right to keep it.
Fire prevention and safety measures
Be sure you are aware of the location of fire extinguishers. At the conclusion of activities, shut off all lights and electrical equipment. Obey “no smoking” signs. All buildings are non-smoking.
In case of fire, call the security officer.
General security tips in israel
A roommate, friend, or HUC-JIR employee should know your whereabouts at all times. This applies to late nights in the city as well as trips within or outside of Israel. Take your cellphone with you.
Do not tour the Old City alone at night! It is strongly recommended that female students in particular do not walk or jog alone in thinly populated areas. Although Jerusalem is safer than most large suburbs in the United States, it is advisable to take extra precautions until you develop a “feel” for the city.
Female students - be prepared for a more conservative society! Israel is part of the Middle East and its standards of dress are relatively conservative. “Short-shorts” attract attention and you may be stared at, followed, or rudely addressed. A verbal response on your part is considered a “come-on”. So, the best way to deal with it is to simply ignore it. Just be careful and wary.
Never hitch hike!
In the past, there have been cases of student apartments been burglarized. Remember:
- Do not open your apartment doors to strangers. Be sure your apartment is locked at all times. If you don’t have a dead bolt on your door, get one. Use the peep hole or get a “peep chain”.
- Always lock up your valuables when leaving your home. This includes your passport and cash. HUC-JIR has a safe that is accessible by the Office of Student Services.
- If you have valuable electronic equipment, including computers, consider renter’s insurance.