JPRO appreciates the students and faculty in the many wonderful educational programs in Jewish communal leadership. For more information, visit the individual program’s website.
Hebrew Union College
American Jewish University
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University
University of Michigan Jewish Communal Leadership Program
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Jewish Studies & Social Work Program
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Jewish Studies & Public Administration Program
Wurzweiler School at YU
For over 40 years, the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly the School of Jewish Communal Service) has provided a superior educational experience for generations of graduate students pursuing careers as Jewish professional leaders. The SJNM is part of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), which also includes the Rabbinical School and the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. The campus is a unique environment, bringing together future professional colleagues… communal professionals, rabbis and educators… to learn from each other and to develop their Jewish professional networks.
HUC-LA enjoys a close relationship with our neighbor, the University of Southern California (USC), one of the outstanding centers of higher education in the country. SJNM offers dual degree programs with five of USC’s nationally ranked graduate schools:
- Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in the School of Planning, Policy and Development (ranked #7 in 2011 US News and World Report)
- Masters of Social Work (MSW) in the School of Social Work (ranked #17 in 2011 US News and World Report)
- Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in the Marshall School of Business (ranked #20 in 2011 US News and World Report)
- Masters of Communication Management (MCMGT) in the Annenberg School of Communication (ranked #8 in 2011 US News and World Report)
Students who are interested in combining Jewish Studies with Management Studies, people who are interested in working within the Jewish communal world, should consider the UJ’s MAJCS program. The course of study provides the opportunity to study and work together with students in the UJ’s graduate education program, students working towards the MBA, and with rabbinic students in the Ziegler School. It is designed to provide breadth through covering subjects in five areas: management, Jewish history, Jewish sociology, Jewish law and ritual, and Jewish texts. For additional depth, each student will select three optional courses to supplement the core courses for a total unit count of 58. Each student will complete 600 hours of internships in federations and/or other Jewish organizations to learn the sorts of job skills that enable one to succeed in an exciting and challenging environment. The course is completed by the writing of a Master’s thesis.
Contact: Ann Luban, Director of Recruitment, MAJPS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-322-1719
Spertus is a center for Jewish learning and culture in Chicago . The Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) offers core courses in the areas of classical and contemporary Jewish knowledge that are most relevant to Jewish communal life today, combined with essential professional training in nonprofit management and individualized study to advance students’ personal and professional interests. The program is run on a cohort basis, offering the opportunity for students from a wide range of institutional and professional backgrounds to network, learn from one another, and create a vibrant community of practice.
The Spertus MAJPS program is specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals working full-time in the community. Students attend class one night per week, always on the same evening of the week, from 6-9pm for all of the core courses. There are also workshops and seminars that are scheduled in consultation with the students. Additionally, the MAJPS program has a strong mentoring component that fosters professional development and the integration of coursework and professional work.
Towson University: Jewish Communal Service Program
Baltimore Hebrew Institute, located in the College of Liberal Arts, is focused on supporting the growing Judaic studies degree programs and courses at Towson University, cultivating a vibrant, cohesive community for MA and PhD students in Judaic studies, providing adult learners with an array of continuing education course offerings, special programs and community lectures in Judaic studies.
BHI is committed to supporting the education of Judaic scholars, educators, and communal professionals who exemplify excellence in their chosen fields. Students enrolled in TU’s Judaic Studies graduate programs have access to BHI’s need- and merit-based scholarship and fellowship opportunities. In addition, the BHI will focus on development to sustain and expand the extensive Judaic collection at the Albert Cook Library. Currently, Towson University offers three masters degree programs in Judaic Studies:
- Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS)
- Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service (MAJCS)
- Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJE)
- Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Jewish Education
- Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Jewish Communal Service
The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program trains students to meet the challenges of a fast-changing Jewish community. We prepare the next generation of Jewish leaders for service in North American and international Jewish organizations. Jewish leaders of the 21st century must be able to understand trends, frame issues, and apply professional skills in new and creative ways. To address these challenges, Hornstein offers students top-quality scholarship, intensive professional training and carefully selected field experiences.
Hornstein has four unique dual-degree programs, all of which span five semesters for a total of 21 months. Students in all programs have field experiences in innovative Jewish organizations, are mentored by outstanding Jewish professionals and participate in seminars in Israel.
- Dual MBA-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership -This innovative program prepares future Jewish community executives with the full complement of MBA/non-profit skills and specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life. It is specially designed to provide a strong foundation in management practices and Jewish professional studies. In addition to courses with scholars throughout the university, students take management courses focused on non-profit organizations, as well as courses specific to the Jewish community.
- In partnership with Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management, ranked as one of the top three graduate schools of social policy in the United States by US News and World Report
- Dual MPP-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership – This new program blends the Heller School’s public policy curriculum with the Hornstein Program’s integrated approach to Jewish leadership training. By preparing professional leaders with a full array of policy analysis and development skills, as well as specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life, it trains students to design and implement innovative solutions to the Jewish community’s most critical problems, and to analyze and reform existing practices.
- In partnership with Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management
- Dual MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies –This rigorous program prepares future Jewish leaders to understand contemporary Jewish issues within the context of Jewish history, culture and tradition. The program is designed to provide the tools necessary to articulate a leadership vision for the Jewish community. Students have the opportunity to study with some of the foremost Judaic scholars in the world and to consider how what they learn can be put to practical use in shaping 21st century Jewish life.
- In partnership with Brandeis’ Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department
- Dual BA-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership – The Hornstein BA/MA degree supplements undergraduate study in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Hebrew, or Yiddish with a master’s degree in Jewish Professional Leadership. Achieved in a fifth (graduate) year of study, the Hornstein MA provides the professional skills and deep knowledge of the American and world Jewish communities that will position graduates for work in a wide range of careers in the Jewish community.
- In partnership with Brandeis’ Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department
University of Michigan: Jewish Communal Leadership Program
The University of Michigan’s Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP) offers a distinctive educational opportunity for emerging leaders committed to helping Jewish communities meet 21st-century challenges while also addressing broader social concerns.
Combining academic training in social work and Judaic Studies, hands-on engagement with contemporary communal challenges, and experiential training in non-profit management, JCLP students become active participants in the work of imagining and building a Jewish communal future.
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Jewish Studies and Social Work Program
The Jewish Professional Leadership (JPL) Program is the umbrella for the two dual-degree programs through The Graduate School of JTS and Columbia University. Students in the JPL Program participate in anintegration seminar which allows them to explore the intersection of their two masters as well as other relevant issues in the Jewish community.
JPL students are simultaneously admitted to both schools and attend them concurrently. Upon completion of the program, students receive both an MA in Jewish Studies from JTS and an MS in Social Work from Columbia.
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Jewish Studies and Public Administration Program
The Jewish Professional Leadership (JPL) Program is the umbrella for the two dual-degree programs through The Graduate School of JTS and Columbia University. Students in the JPL Program participate in an integration seminar which allows them to explore the intersection of their two master’s as well as other relevant issues in the Jewish community.
Students study simultaneously at both schools and are awarded two degrees: Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (JTS) and Master of Public Administration (Columbia). At The Graduate School, students take twenty-for credits. In order to fulfill prerequisite requirements, a student may need to take additional Jewish studies and Hebrew courses prior to graduation. An additional six credits toward the degree are transferred from SIPA.
The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University (New York City) offers a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service in conjunction with a master in social work (MSW). The program emphasizes a broad education in social work and knowledge of the Jewish community.
The Certificate program includes three specialty elective courses and a second year field work assignment in a Jewish agency. It also offers a series of educational enhancements including the possibility of a study seminar in Israel, participation in the annual conference of federation professional and lay leadership, periodic guest speakers, and visits to Jewish communal agencies in the NY area.
As the first independent college for Jewish studies in North America, Gratz College is a renowned academic institution, providing education rooted in Jewish values. Gratz College programs fully prepare graduates to serve the community with practical management skills and a keen insight into the contemporary Jewish community. With courses offered online and on campus, our practitioner oriented programs are easily accessible to working professionals.
A Joint Program with the University of Pennsylvania affords students the opportunity to earn a Jewish Communal Service degree (either a graduate-level certificate or a MAJCS) and an M.S.W. from The University of Pennsylvania.
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