The Rabbinical Alumni Association (RAA) is the organization tasked with nurturing the community among rabbinical alumni, strengthening the connection between the alumni and the College-Institute, and creating and sustaining initiatives that serve the ongoing needs of both the alumni and the College-Institute.
In order to fulfill this mission, the RAA provides opportunities to keep alumni informed about what is happening at the College-Institute and in the lives of fellow alumni. We help to shape HUC-JIR's continuing education and professional development opportunities and we encourage and assist alumni in identifying and recruiting candidates interested in entering the rabbinate and other College-Institute programs.
On this site you are able to see our latest news, find who is a part of the RAA leadership, and access our up-to-date alumni directory. We hope that you will keep connected, helping us to grow stronger as an organization and in our support of HUC-JIR.
The mission of the Rabbinical Alumni Association (RAA) is to create a nurturing community amongst the alumni; to strengthen the connection between the alumni and the College-Institute; and to create and sustain initiatives that serve the on-going needs of both the alumni and the College-Institute.
In order to fulfill this mission, the RAA creates community by providing opportunities to keep alumni informed about what is going on at the College-Institute and in the lives of fellow alumni. The RAA provides continuing education and professional learning opportunities for its members. The RAA serves the College-Institute in various ways, including engaging in development efforts and encouraging and assisting alumni in identifying and recruiting candidates interested in entering the rabbinate and other College-Institute programs. The RAA builds connections with current College-Institute students in anticipation of including them in the alumni community. The RAA collaborates with the administration, faculty and the Alumni Leadership Council to accomplish this mission.
President: Rabbi James Prosnit '81
Vice President: Rabbi Charles Briskin '
Past President: Rabbi Marcus Burstein, z"l
Development: Rabbi Frederick Greene '01 and Rabbi Benjamin Zeidman '10
Works in collaboration with the Institutional Advancement staff to increase to raise funds for the College-Institute.
Engagement: Rabbi Michael Namath '01
Seeks to create new initiatives to create connections among alumni and between alumni with the school and its students and faculty.
Recruitment: Rabbi Maurice Salth, MARE '05
Works in collaboration with the Admission and Recruitment staff to support to recruitment efforts and of the College-Institute.
Creates and implements initiatives to support students and to connect alumni and students.
Board of Governors Liaison: Rabbi James Prosnit
Facilitates communication between the Alumni Association and the Board of Governors
Representatives to the Alumni Leadership Council: Rabbi James Prosnit
Serves as a liaison to the Alumni Leadership Council and the Rabbinical Alumni Association
Years in Office
|2014 - 2016||Marcus Burstein|
|2012 - 2014||Irwin Zeplowitz|
|2010 – 2012||Scott Shpeen|
|2008 – 2010||Amy Schwartzman|
|2006 – 2008||Deborah Zecher|
|2004 – 2006||Leslie Gutterman|
|2002 – 2004||Sally Priesand|
|1984||Simeon J Maslim|
|1982||P. Irving Bloom|
|1975||Alvan D. Rubin|
|1973||Max A. Shapiro|
|1964||Edger Siskin, Earl S. Stone|
|1957||Abram Vossem Goodman|
|1956||Samuel Soskin, Ariel Goldberg|
|1947||Henry Berkowitz, Abraham Feldman|
|1944||Jacob Singer, Harry Margolis|
|1937||Abba Hillel Silver|
|1935||G. George Fox, Solomon B. Freeof|
|1908||Leo M. Franklin|