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Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader today

Have you found yourself seeking increased academic learning, leadership development opportunities, and spiritual connections? Are you engaged in Judaism and Jewish life but want to take it to the "next level"? Then Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the place for you!

HUC-JIR offers educational programs at four centers of learning –  CincinnatiJerusalemLos Angeles, and New York - to prepare rabbis, cantors, leaders in Jewish education, Jewish nonprofit professionals, pastoral counselors, and scholars for a life-long career. Join us as we work together creatively to engage people around the world in community and scholarship.

Whether you see yourself as a leader in a congregation, summer camp, day school, or university, or as a social activist helping to change the world, we offer programs to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to help you transform and inspire others. And, you will be transformed and inspired along the way. 

HUC-JIR is proud to have academic partnerships with a number of high ranking institutions, including the University of Cincinnati, the University of Southern California, New York University, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. These associations provide cross-registration privileges, the use of libraries and other facilities, joint course offerings and cooperative degrees. Rabbinical students at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles have an opportunity to enroll in selected courses at the American Jewish University.  Students at the New York campus also have an opportunity to enroll in selected courses at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

From study in Israel to learning state-side with the best scholars in the areas of classical and modern Jewish texts, you will become immersed in Jewish learning while translating it to on the ground experience through field work opportunities.

We hope to see you here with us soon - why wait when all of this learning awaits you?