The professionals in the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at HUC-JIR welcome you to contact them for information about the program and the application requirements. If you are interested in learning more about a specific program, you can schedule a time to speak with a member of the team using this link.
Rabbi Adam Allenberg, MAJE is the Senior Director of the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. In addition to welcoming visitors and prospective applicants onto the Los Angeles campus, he devotes his energies to creating and implementing new strategies for recruitment for all the College-Institute’s many programs. You can find him travelling throughout the greater West to college campuses and young adult communities, Jewish professional conferences, and Jewish camps in search of the next generation of Jewish leadership.
Before returning to HUC, Adam served as a rabbi and Program Director at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA and the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Emanu-el in Dallas, TX.
Ari Ballaban, an ordinee of Cincinnati's rabbinical program (class of 2015) and a current PhD candidate in the Pines School of Graduate Studies, began his rabbinic career serving as assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Dayton, Ohio, and as Dayton's JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council) director. In his academic life, he spends most of his time researching for his dissertation—on the intersection of masculinity and humor in rabbinic literature—he has also taught courses at the University of Cincinnati and University of Dayton, and worked as a teaching assistant for HUC. His work at the College-Institute, as a Recruitment and Leadership Development Associate for the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, revolves around connecting the next generation of scholars and Jewish leaders to the many resources offered by the Hebrew Union College.
Erin is the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions based in Seattle. A California native, Erin is a graduate of the dual degree program with the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She works closely with the Zelikow School on admissions and happily speaks with anyone interested in spending their lives building Jewish community. Erin travels to camps, campuses and conferences across the West and is interested in finding the next generations of Jewish leaders engaged in social justice. In her free time Erin enjoys cooking, hiking, dancing, and exploring her new home state, Washington.
Rabbi Rachel Gross-Prinz, M.Ed serves as the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the Eastern Region based on our New York campus. Rachel spends her time seeking out the next generation of Jewish leaders for all of our programs, with a focus on opportunities for spiritual leadership in our rabbinical, cantorial and Doctor of Ministry programs.
You can find Rachel all around the Eastern Region: coaching future Jewish leaders, teaching Torah on Zoom and drinking coffee with people passionate about the depth and (occasionally perplexing) wisdom of Jewish life and culture.
Before joining the HUC-JIR team, Rachel served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she worked on the national staff of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps.
Maor Rodman is driven to inspire and develop others. She serves as the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions in Jerusalem and is passionate about working to engage the next generation of Jewish leaders. Maor is a hybrid of Israeli and American cultures and brings with her experience from both Jewish non-profits as well as the world of higher education including Hillel at Stanford University, Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and most recently The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she served as Marketing Director of the Rothberg International School. Maor is a marketing communications professional who holds a BA in International Business and Marketing from American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism), an MA in Global Marketing Communication and Advertising from Emerson College and an MBA from Bar Ilan University. Maor grew up in sunny California and now lives with her husband and three adorable daughters in Jerusalem, Israel. A self-proclaimed foodie, Maor especially loves cheese, coffee, sushi and chocolate.
Micol Zimmerman Burkeman, MAJE, serves as the Recruitment and Leadership Development Associate, recruiting the next generation of inspiring Jewish leaders with a focus in the Boston and New England area. Micol has worked to elevate and reimagine Jewish education and teen engagement for the last 15 years. As a certified coach, consultant and designer and facilitator of professional development, she works with educators, clergy and Jewish communal leaders to help them increase their impact and maximize their potential. Before joining the Recruitment and Admissions team, Micol served many roles in the Jewish community including as the Director of the Experiential Jewish Education Network, the National Director of NFTY, staff and mentor in the Certificate in Jewish Education program at HUC-JIR, Communal Education Consultant at The Jewish Education Project, and Director of Education at synagogues across the country and in England. Micol received her M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and her B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California.
Rachel Katz is the Program and Calendar Manager for the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. She received her B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from California State University, Northridge. She spent two years as an Education Fellow at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, MS where she worked with youth and adult programming in Jewish communities all over the South. She oversees the department's calendar and program schedule year-round. Additionally, she supports the logistics of various recruitment projects for the department.
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