Gifts of Impact

There are many opportunities to make a significant impact on the people and programs at HUC-JIR.

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Make Your Impact Today

HUC-JIR priorities for philanthropic support align with the College-Institute’s strategic plan: academic excellence; support for students; growing our global impact; sustainability; and creating a sacred and respectful culture.

There are many opportunities to make a significant impact on the people and programs at the College-Institute today – and ensure our successful future – while meeting your personal philanthropic goals. Consider these opportunities to make a gift of impact today.

Annual Fund

Speech being givenOne of the College-Institute’s most important philanthropic priorities, the Annual Fund supports everything we do at HUC-JIR. From student aid to library acquisitions and everything in between, the Annual Fund provides a critical well of support from which we can supplement areas of greatest need, capitalize on exciting new opportunities, and respond to unexpected emergencies each year. Every gift, every year makes an impact. Learn more about the Annual Fund.

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Student Support

Women reading a bookHUC-JIR graduates transmit Judaism’s tradition, values, and culture in synagogues, schools, boardrooms, and communities across the globe, but 99% of our students require financial assistance to complete their studies. Scholarships enable our students to receive a world-class education and turn their love of Judaism into a career choice.

With the support of our alumni and other generous members of the College-Institute community, HUC-JIR invests over $5 million in student support each year through a variety of endowed and immediate use funds. Help us attract the best and brightest students to embrace their callings by supporting one of these critical scholarship funds today.

For more information on supporting students, click here or contact Serena Young, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at or 212.824.2260

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Global and Cultural Treasures

3 women smilingHUC-JIR is not only North America’s premier institution of Jewish higher education, we also are home to some of the most important scholarly publications and cultural and historic artifacts in the world. At Cincinnati’s Klau Library alone, holdings include: 530,000 printed books, 1,200 current periodical subscriptions, and many thousands of manuscript pages, digital images from manuscripts and early printed books, sound recordings, filmstrips, stamps, games, and much more. Combined with the assets of the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York, Jack H. Skirball Campus Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Skirball Museum in Cincinnati, and Skirball Museum of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem, and The American Jewish Archives HUC-JIR some of the finest collections of Hebraica in the world.

These global and cultural treasures are preserved, protected and enhanced with the generous support of our donors.

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For information on how you can support one or all of these essential collections, please contact 212.824.2202 or

Israel Program

2 Women HikingIsrael engagement is a central component of all of the College-Institute’s programs. From the Year-In-Israel and other immersive study abroad programs, to opportunities for alumni, families and congregations to visit, study and teach, to essential resources like the Skirball Museum of Biblical Archaeology, the Murstein Synagogue, the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, and the Skirball Museum of Biblical Archaeology, the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem is at the core of HUC-JIR. And donor support makes it possible.

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Once you are on the giving form, select “Other” in the designation menu and specify the program(s) in Israel you would like to support.

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z”l Memorial Campaign

Panken HeadshotSince the tragic loss of our friend, teacher, leader, and president, Rabbi Aaron Panken, z”l, hundreds of members of our community whose lives he touched and whose callings he inspired, reached out with a desire to ensure his remarkable example lives on. His colleagues at HUC-JIR have been working with his beloved wife and partner, Lisa Messinger, and their family to honor his profound impact on the institution, its students, and the Reform Movement. Today, we invite you to help us guard Rabbi Panken’s legacy and amplify the impact of his life on future generations and support the campaign to endow a Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professorship on each HUC-JIR campus. Read more about the Panken, z”l Memorial Campaign

Read the letter from Lisa Messinger

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HUC-JIR New York Soup Kitchen

People smiling in the New York Soup KitchenEvery Monday for over 30 years, the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen has served warm nutritious meals to our homeless and hungry neighbors in the Washington Square area. The student-run Soup Kitchen exemplifies the central role that social justice plays in the life of the College-Institute. It is a tangible way that we fulfill Isaiah’s prophetic call to share our bread with the hungry and bring the homeless into our house. Read more about the Soup Kitchen

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Every gift to HUC-JIR helps create life-changing opportunities for our students and ensures that the College-Institute remains a thriving, inspiring, transformative place that proudly represents the progressive spirit of Judaism.

For more information on supporting HUC-JIR, contact 212-824-2202 or