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Make a Difference and Make a Living

Do you love a new challenge? Do you enjoy sparking aha moments for others? Do you find fulfillment in rolling up your sleeves and seeing the impact of your work? Are you looking for the right place to launch your career in Jewish education?

Whether you already have experience working in your community, or are still exploring the right fit, pursuing a graduate degree in Jewish educational leadership is the creative, impactful, and spiritual work you’ve been seeking.

Be empowered to step into the in-demand leadership role you were meant to have. Your journey towards a stable, purposeful and respected career path filled with a lifetime of emotional and professional rewards starts at HUC-JIR. Emerge from this innovative program with the ability to manage, and educate courageously in a time of uncertainty and opportunity.

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Program Details:

Let us guide you along a path to an unconventional workplace that values vision, play, experimentation, and true interpersonal bonds. Conduct transformative professional work while pursuing your graduate studies that will advance your career and help you grow into an effective change-maker. During your two to three years at HUC-JIR, you will:

    • Access world-class academics, researchers and thought leaders, in addition to an assigned faculty mentor, with whom you will be personally matched for one-on-one supervision and study. 
    • Gain hands-on skills, peer mentorship, and career-long connections through your graduate residency, a salaried 20-25 hour/week position in one of HUC-JIR’s partner educational institutions. 
    • Attend engaging academic courses and lectures that complement your work in our living laboratories, where you will build your resume, portfolio and professional network. 
    • Apply your studies directly to institutions open to new and sophisticated thinking.
    • Bring Jewish content, ideas, inspiration, and practices to life with a variety of age groups.
    • Expand your capacity for creativity, inquiry, problem-solving, and collaboration.
    • Renew your own spiritual connection through a deep exploration of Jewish texts, history, and culture. 

Concurrent Master of Arts in Jewish Learning (optional 3-year track): Spend an optional additional year of study at our Jerusalem campus, immersed in the land, literature, and life of the Jewish people to earn credits toward an additional concurrent degree, a Master of Arts in Jewish Learning (MAJL).


Post Graduation:

A Master’s degree in Jewish Educational Leadership is the doorway to your life’s work. Come to HUC-JIR to become the dynamic leader you are meant to be, with a wide range of professional opportunities awaiting you in your career. 

Upon graduation, you might become:

    • Director of K-12 Learning and Engagement 
    • Assistant Director, Preschool 
    • Director, Midrasha
    • Rabbi Educator
    • Assistant Director, Campus Hillel
    • Director of Jewish Learning, Day School
    • Director of Experiential Education
    • Assistant Camp Director
    • Museum Educator
    • Director of Teen Engagement

Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Schedule an appointment with a member of our admissions team.

Apply Now!