HUC-JIR Alumni Survey of 2005: The Views of Rabbis, Cantors, Educators, and Communal Professionals

By Steven M. Cohen

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), January 16, 2006

In support of work in clarifying the major policy choices confronting HUC-JIR, the Strategic Planning Committee commissioned this study of the alumni of HUC-JIR. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first social scientific effort to engage the entire available alumni body of HUC-JIR in helping think through the important issues facing the College-Institute.

The needs of the Strategic Planning Committee dictated the issues addressed in this study. Accordingly, the survey focused primarily upon the skills and attributes required for effective and successful practice of rabbis, cantors, educators and communal professionals – the four professions whom HUC-JIR trains. The key questions it asked the alumni are:
•    What skills and attributes are most critical for effective performance of these professions?
•    How do the alumni assess their own mastery of these skills and attributes? Where are they most and least ready and able to lead their congregations, schools and other agencies effectively?
•    How do they assess the mastery of their professional colleagues, i.e., other HUC-JIR alumni in their own fields? Where are others relatively strong and relatively weak?
•    How do they assess their experiences at HUC-JIR? To what extent did their HUC-JIR education contribute to their growth in specific areas? Where did HUC-JIR add a lot, and where did it add little or nothing at all?

Topic: Reform Judaism, Organizational Development, Professional Development, Jewish Communal Service, Survey, Employment, Higher Education, Students, Clergy, Synagogues and Congregations, Jobs

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. HUC-JIR Alumni Survey of 2005: The Views of Rabbis, Cantors, Educators, and Communal Professionals. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). 16 January 2006: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13570


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