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Schools of Jewish Communal Service

JCSA works with students in the various schools of Jewish communal service. For more information, visit the individual program's website.
 

 

Hebrew Union College
 
American Jewish University
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Institute
Towson University
Hornstein Program at Brandeis
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
 
NYU Dual-Degree Program in Nonprofit Management (MPA) and Judaic Studies (MA)
 
NYU Graduate Programs in Education and Jewish Studies
 
NYU Nonprofit Management and Jewish Studies
 
Wurzweiler School at YU
Gratz College

CALIFORNIA

Hebrew Union College: The School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
 

http://huc.edu/SJNM/About/index.html

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)
  • Masters of Public Art Studies (MPAS) in the Roski School of Fine Arts


American Jewish University, Los Angeles

http://admissions.ajula.edu/Content/ContentUnit.asp?CID=401&u=913&t=0

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.

ILLINOIS

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

www.spertus.edu/MAJPS

Contact: Ann Luban, Director of Recruitment, MAJPS, aluban@spertus.edu, 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.

In addition to Chicago, there are currently cohorts in Pittsburgh and Montreal.


ISRAEL

World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Institute

http://www.wujsisrael.org

The WUJS Institute runs a six-month program for Jewish college graduates from around the world between ages 21 and 35. There are 5 different programs to choose from:

  • The WUJS Jerusalem Learning program is a deep and engaging Jewish studies experience.  The Jerusalem Ulpan (Hebrew language) program coupled with extensive courses in Judaism and Zionism are all conducted in a pluralist, open minded environment.  Our holistic educational approach incorporates time in the classroom, weekly field trips, overnight hikes, meetings with Israeli peers, volunteer options and a variety of fun and enriching activities.
  • The WUJS Jerusalem Arts program combines studies in Hebrew language and Israeli art with participants' own personal art medium such as visual art, music, photography, writing and performing.  Integrated into the general WUJS Jerusalem program, participants will take classes within a pluralistic, open-minded environment. Our holistic educational approach incorporates time in the classroom, weekly field trips, overnight hikes, meetings with Israeli peers and artists, volunteer options and a variety of fun and enriching activities.
  • The WUJS Peace and Social Justice program in Jerusalem is designed for those interested in exploring the fields of peace, democratic development and social justice in Israel, in the context of a Jewish, Zionist learning environment. The first month of the program is spent learning Hebrew as well as the key issues in Israeli society through classes, guest speakers and field trips. The next four months are then spent at an internship or volunteer placement within the field. Participants will typically intern/volunteer four days a week while the fifth day will be devoted to a general educational yet fun field trip somewhere in the country.
  • The WUJS Intern Jerusalem program gives you the opportunity to combine a professional internship in a field of your choice with the additional benefits of a regular Ulpan (Hebrew language) course, weekly field trips, overnight hikes, meetings with Israeli peers and a variety of fun and enriching activities. Jerusalem is the most special and unique city in the world rich with over 2000 years of history on your doorstep and today a mix of cultures, aromas, languages and religions. This is a great opportunity for you to enhance your resume and live as an independent Israeli.
  • The WUJS Intern Tel-Aviv program gives you the opportunity to combine a professional internship in a field of your choice with the additional benefits of a regular Ulpan (Hebrew language) course, weekly field trips, overnight hikes, meetings with Israeli peers and a variety of fun and enriching activities.Tel-Aviv is one of the world's most exciting, cosmopolitan cities full of restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, galleries, theaters and more.  This is a great opportunity for you to enhance your resume and live as an independent Israeli.  Participants can choose to take part in either the 5-month or 10-month program.

MARYLAND

Towson University: Jewish Communal Service Program

http://grad.towson.edu/program/master/jcs-ma/

http://grad.towson.edu/program/certificate/jcs-pbc/index.asp

www.towson.edu/bhi

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

MASSACHUSETTS

THE HORNSTEIN JEWISH PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Brandeis University
781-736-2990
hornstein@brandeis.edu
www.brandeis.edu/hornstein/

The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University combines intensive academics, field-based experiences, one-on-one mentoring and international travel to prepare visionary leaders for the Jewish community.

TWO ADVANCED DEGREES. ONE WORLD-CHANGING GOAL.
Over 21 months, all students earn a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Leadership and one of the following:

• MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Brandeis’Heller School for Social Policy and Management: prepare to lead organizations with a social mission.
• MPP (Master of Public Policy) from Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management: become a leader, policy analyst and innovator equipped to make meaningful social change.
• MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies focusing on Jewish and Israeli history and society: prepare to lead educational or cultural organizations, or continue on to advanced academic work.

THE JOURNEY EXTENDS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
A Hornstein education includes several experiential seminars— two in Israel, one in New York City and one in the former Soviet Union — as well as opportunities to network with established and emerging leaders from around the world.

HORNSTEIN STUDENTS GET GREAT JOBS
Hornstein helps you find meaningful opportunities that align
with your career and life aspirations.

ALL STUDENTS ARE CONSIDERED FOR GENEROUS TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS.

MICHIGAN

University of Michigan: Jewish Communal Leadership Program
 

http://www.ssw.umich.edu/programs/jclp/

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.

NEW YORK

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Jewish Studies and Social Work Program

http://www.jtsa.edu/x5351.xml

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 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

http://www.jtsa.edu/x5617.xml

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.

NYU Dual Degree Program in Nonprofit Management (MPA) and Judaic Studies (MA)

wagner.nyu.edu/skirball
Contact: Wendy Paler,
wagner.skirball@nyu.edu

The NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) have collaborated to develop the NYU dual-degree program in nonprofit management (MPA) and Hebrew and Judaic Studies (MA).  Students can expect to complete their studies in 2 1/2- 3 years and receive both degrees upon completion.

Applicants are required to apply to each school individually, and must meet the respective admission standards for each program. Once admitted to both schools, a student will qualify for the dual-degree program.

  • Two degrees are awarded: a Master's of Public Administration from NYU Wagner and a Master's of Hebrew and Judaic Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

NYU Graduate Programs in Education and Jewish Studies

steinhardt.nyu.edu/edjewishstudies
Contact: Wendy Paler, steinhardt.skirball@nyu.edu

NYU has developed a set of programs in the field of Jewish education,with a focus on preparing a new generation of exceptional leaders. We know that curricula, pedagogy, and knowledge of history, culture, Hebrew language, and religious practice are all essential. But our emphasis and theory come from the deeply held belief that Jewish education requires, above all else, dedicated, entrepreneurial, and well-trained professional leadership.

We offfer three graduate programs in Education and Jewish Studies that prepare researchers, teachers, practitioners, and aspiring administrators for leadership positions in a wide range of Jewish educational settings: 

  • M.A. in Education and Jewish Studies    
  • M.A. in Education and Jewish Studies/M.A. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Science             
  • Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies
Students in the master's and doctoral programs benefit from the rich resources and course offerings of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Yeshiva University: Wurzweiler School of Social Work

http://www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/

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.

PENNSYLVANIA

Gratz College: Jewish Communal Service

http://www.gratz.edu/default.aspx?p=9410

The Gratz College Graduate Program in Jewish Communal Service (Melrose Park, Pennsylvania) offers an MA in Jewish Communal Service. There are two options for the Master's Degree in Jewish Communal Service (MAJCS):

  • MAJCS – Standard Track
  • MAJCS – Non-Profit Management Track

Certificate Programs are also available:

  • Certificate in Jewish Communal Service
  • Certificate in Jewish Non-Profit Management

Our Certificate in Jewish Communal Service consists of six graduate courses including courses in the sociology of Jewish life, Jewish political science and Jewish studies.

Our Certificate in Jewish Non-Profit Management consists of six graduate courses: 3 non-profit management courses taught from a Jewish communal perspective and 3 Jewish studies courses.

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. Another Joint Program affords students the opportunity to earn a a MAJCS from Gratz College and a Ph.D. from Temple University in American Jewish History.

 
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