Application Instructions - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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STEP ONE: Preliminary Consultation with an Admissions Counselor

As part of the application process to DeLeT, we require you to speak with one of our admissions associates. Click here to reach out to schedule a time to speak with our team.


STEP TWO: Application Part One - open an application HERE.

The first part of your application includes a few simple questions about your contact information and educational background. Click here to begin your application. If you have any questions please contact


STEP THREE: The Application

Please submit all elements of the application by the application deadline:

  • First Round Deadline: January 8, 2021
  • Second Round Deadline: April 6, 2021

Short Essays

  1. Why do you want to be a Jewish day school teacher? What in particular attracts you to the DeLeT program? In your response, it will be important to describe your experiences working with children or adolescents, any teaching experience you have had to date, and how your own identity and values have influenced this decision
  2. Reflection on Day School Teacher’s Daily Work
    1. If you currently work in a Jewish day school:  Based on your experiences, what do you anticipate might be some of the rewards and challenges of the daily work you would be doing as a classroom teacher in a Jewish day school?
    2. Because of the difficulties of arranging school visits in 2020-2021, if you do not work in a Jewish day school, please choose one of the following questions to answer:
      1. What do you feel are the greatest challenges for teachers? What traits do teachers need to have in order to meet those challenges, and which of these traits do you possess that will help you meet these challenges?
      2. What do you think is the role of Jewish day school education in our society?  How do you see yourself playing a part in this work?

A Resume

Please include a resume that focuses on your academic and professional accomplishments, awards, honors, publications and any significant leadership positions in which you have served.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Supervisor Reference: The reference should be a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer.
  • Academic Reference: A college professor or instructor with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic reference.  If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain an academic reference from an adult or informal education instructor.


Please request transcripts at least four weeks before the application deadline to allow time for them to be sent to HUC-JIR. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview. Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following:

  • The college from which you graduated as well as any other colleges you attended. (This includes any school at which you took a college-level course for transfer credit.)
  • Any graduate schools where you have been enrolled, as well as schools where you have taken graduate-level classes.
  • Any “Year Abroad” programs or other foreign study. (If grades from international programs are recorded on your college transcript you do not need to submit a separate transcript.)

Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:

(If electronic:
Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
For international applicants: year-by-year records from colleges and universities attended are required. The record must indicate the number of hours per week devoted to each course, grades received for each course, and degrees awarded, with dates the degrees were conferred. This information must be provided in English. If this information is not available in English, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have it professionally translated and certified before it is sent to HUC-JIR. If grades are not determined on a 4.0 scale system please include guidelines in English from the school that explain the grading system.

Submit TOEFL Scores

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International applicants for whom English is not the first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in approximately 100 centers outside the United States. See the information available at: Please note that the TOEFL exam is not a substitute for the GRE.  The TOEFL school code for HUC-JIR is 1291.