Application Instructions - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

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  • Application Instructions

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    1. Application Part 1 - Start HERE

    Application Part One includes a few simple questions about you福彩app是正规的吗r contact information and educational background. Please read through all the application instructions and complete all elements of the application by the deadline for which you福彩app是正规的吗 wish to apply (Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3). If you福彩app是正规的吗 have any questions please contact admissions福彩app是正规的吗@

    • Round 1 Deadline: November 11, 2019
    • Round 2 Deadline: January 17, 2020
    • Round 3 Deadline: February 17, 2020

    2. Preliminary Consultation

    As part of you福彩app是正规的吗r application process to becoming an educational leader through HUC-JIR, we encourage you福彩app是正规的吗 to speak with a professional in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you福彩app是正规的吗 better, for you福彩app是正规的吗 to ask you福彩app是正规的吗r questions and be sure now is the right time for you福彩app是正规的吗 to apply to HUC-JIR.  Simply email admissions福彩app是正规的吗@ to set a date and time.

    3. Recommendation Letters

    Good references come from individuals who know you福彩app是正规的吗 well enough to give the Admissions Committee input on you福彩app是正规的吗r candidacy and reflect on specific experiences you福彩app是正规的吗 have had that make you福彩app是正规的吗 a strong candidate. Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of you福彩app是正规的吗r references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than four letters of reference. The individuals you福彩app是正规的吗 list as references will receive an email from HUC Admissions informing them that you福彩app是正规的吗 have requested they write a letter of reference on you福彩app是正规的吗r behalf. It is recommended that you福彩app是正规的吗 are in touch with you福彩app是正规的吗r chosen references prior to filling out this online form to alert them that they will receive this emailed request.

     Please allow each reference enough time (at least one month) to complete his or her letter of reference. If you福彩app是正规的吗 wish to substitute, delete, or add references after you福彩app是正规的吗 have submitted their names in the online Reference Letter Request Form, you福彩app是正规的吗 must report this in writing to the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions by emailing admissions福彩app是正规的吗@

    References for Applying to the Master of Educational Leadership

    • Professional Reference: You must have one reference from a professional source. Someone who has experienced you福彩app是正规的吗r leadership over time, either as an associate or as a supervisor.  e.g., a lay leader, teacher, or staff member.
    • Academic Reference: You must have one reference from an educator, professor, or teacher with whom you福彩app是正规的吗 have studied. The context should be one in which the teacher could observe you福彩app是正规的吗r intellectual capacities, you福彩app是正规的吗r ability to engage in serious Jewish and/or professional studies, and the quality of you福彩app是正规的吗r written work.
    • Judaic Reference: HUC-JIR encourages you福彩app是正规的吗 to submit a Judaic reference from a Jewish educational leader, rabbi, or similar authority. (This third recommendation is not absolutely necessary if you福彩app是正规的吗r professional or academic reference is also a Jewish educational leader or rabbi; but a third reference is welcome, will enhance you福彩app是正规的吗r application, and may help us in choosing you福彩app是正规的吗r graduate residency placement.)

    Confidentiality of References

    The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, provides students the right to inspect their records. This includes letters of recommendation submitted in the application process. HUC-JIR carefully reviews all letters of reference. However, we find that letters written in confidence are most useful in assessing a candidate’s qualifications and promise. By using the Reference Letter Request Form, you福彩app是正规的吗 are automatically waiving you福彩app是正规的吗r right. Please contact admissions福彩app是正规的吗@ with any questions or concerns.

    4. Transcripts

    Please request transcripts 60 days before the application deadline. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview.  Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following:

    • The college from which you福彩app是正规的吗 graduated as well as any other colleges you福彩app是正规的吗 attended. (This includes any school at which you福彩app是正规的吗 took a college-level course for transfer credit.)
    • Any graduate schools where you福彩app是正规的吗 have been enrolled, as well as schools where you福彩app是正规的吗 have taken graduate-level classes.
    • Any “Year Abroad” programs or other foreign study. (If grades from international programs are recorded on you福彩app是正规的吗r college transcript you福彩app是正规的吗 do not need to submit a separate transcript.)

    Have you福彩app是正规的吗r schools mail the transcripts directly to:

    National Office of Recruitment and Admissions
    Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
    3101 Clifton Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45220
    For international applicants: year-by-year records from colleges and universities attended are required. The record must indicate the number of hours per week devoted to each course, grades received for each course, and degrees awarded, with dates the degrees were conferred. This information must be provided in English. If this information is not available in English, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have it professionally translated and certified before it is sent to HUC-JIR. If grades are not determined on a 4.0 scale system please include guidelines in English from the school that explain the grading system.

    5. GRE or TOEFL

    The GRE is required as a standard tool to assess readiness for graduate study. Please be advised that GRE results are considered as just one factor in the overall applicant portfolio of essays, interview, recommendations, and transcripts.

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE): All applicants with English proficiency are required to take the GRE General Test. When registering for the GRE, please use the school code number 1291, which directs the results to the National Office of Admissions and Recruitment on the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus. For GRE information, please see

    We recommend that the test be taken at least four weeks before the application is due to allow time for the scores to be sent to HUC-JIR. Scores need to be received in order to schedule an interview. GRE scores are only valid for five years. Candidates with a prior degree from HUC-JIR, Ph.D. or Masters degree (post-Bachelor) from an accredited institution that required a GRE score for admission may be exempt from submitting a current GRE score. Please email admissions福彩app是正规的吗@ with a request to exempt from this requirement.

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International applicants for whom English is not the first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in approximately 100 centers outside the United States. See the information available at: . Please note that the TOEFL exam is not a substitute for the GRE.  The TOEFL school code for HUC-JIR is 1291.

    6. Part 2 of the Application

    We will send you福彩app是正规的吗 access to Part 2 after you福彩app是正规的吗r complete Part 1 of the application, including more in depth and program-specific questions.  All application materials, including Part 2 of you福彩app是正规的吗r application, letters of references, transcripts and test results, must be received by the deadline in order to be offered an admissions interview.

    7. Portfolio Sample:

    Please submit a sample of you福彩app是正规的吗r work in Jewish education for which you福彩app是正规的吗 are particularly proud and/or from which you福彩app是正规的吗 learned a valuable lesson.  For example, this may be a lesson plan, a program outline that you福彩app是正规的吗 designed, a d’var torah, or a video of you福彩app是正规的吗 in action from any Jewish educational setting of you福彩app是正规的吗r choosing. For example, you福彩app是正规的吗 can share with us a detailed description of a religious school lesson that you福彩app是正规的吗 created and taught, a learning session that you福彩app是正规的吗 created for a group of campers at a summer camp or in you福彩app是正规的吗r Hillel, a video of you福彩app是正规的吗 teaching, a song session that you福彩app是正规的吗 led or an art activity you福彩app是正规的吗 facilitated.  If you福彩app是正规的吗 have questions about the appropriateness of a specific sample of you福彩app是正规的吗r work, do not hesitate to contact the School of Education's Recruitment and Leadership Development Associate, Micol Zimmerman, MAJE at mzimmerman福彩app是正规的吗@.

    8. Short Essays

    As you福彩app是正规的吗 craft you福彩app是正规的吗r answers to these questions, please consider the following guidance.  These short essays are an opportunity for you福彩app是正规的吗 to give the admissions committee a sense of you福彩app是正规的吗r goals, aspirations and what you福彩app是正规的吗 hope to learn in the program. The more we can get to know you福彩app是正规的吗 in the application process, and the more we know about you福彩app是正规的吗r strengths, interests and desired growth areas, the better equipped we will be to match you福彩app是正规的吗 in a residency that can be tailored to you福彩app是正规的吗 and you福彩app是正规的吗r professional, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Your essays will be uploaded within Part 2 of the application as one document.  

    1. Autobiography of a Jewish Educator (Up to 1500 words, double-spaced) Share the story of 2-3 moments, experiences, or relationships in you福彩app是正规的吗r life that have guided you福彩app是正规的吗 to become a Jewish educational leader. What or who has inspired you福彩app是正规的吗?
    2. Overcoming a Challenge (500-1000 words, double-spaced) Share with us a challenge that you福彩app是正规的吗 have faced that has also spurred you福彩app是正规的吗r growth as a person and a leader. How have you福彩app是正规的吗 worked to overcome that challenge, and what have you福彩app是正规的吗 learned about you福彩app是正规的吗rself and you福彩app是正规的吗r leadership in the process?
    3. Hopes and Dreams (1000 words, double-spaced) What do you福彩app是正规的吗 aspire to achieve as a Jewish educational leader? Share a vision of where you福彩app是正规的吗 hope to be in 5-10 years, and explain you福彩app是正规的吗r motivation. In you福彩app是正规的吗r answer, include reference to any ideas, books, texts, works of art, or theories that guide you福彩app是正规的吗; and the burning issue(s) in Jewish life and/or society that motivate you福彩app是正规的吗. What is the change you福彩app是正规的吗 hope to lead or the vision you福彩app是正规的吗 hope to create?

    *** 4. (MAJL Applicants only; two paragraphs) What do you福彩app是正规的吗 hope to gain from the concurrent MAJL degree? How do you福彩app是正规的吗 imagine it will benefit you福彩app是正规的吗 personally and professionally? What experiences do you福彩app是正规的吗 hope to gain living and studying in Jerusalem?

    9. Resume

    A standard C.V. or resume.

    10. Photo

    A simple portrait to help us recognize you福彩app是正规的吗 when you福彩app是正规的吗 visit and maintain our campus security.

    11. Hebrew Capacity

    There is no Hebrew requirement for admission to the Master of Educational Leadership program. We strongly recommend that all students work to bring their Hebrew skills to a minimal level of decoding, writing and basic comprehension. 

    However, in order to graduate, you福彩app是正规的吗 must have achieved a Hebrew proficiency level equivalent to one year of college-level Hebrew. We encourage you福彩app是正规的吗 to work on this prior to acceptance into the program, and we can assist you福彩app是正规的吗 in finding the right courses to meet you福彩app是正规的吗r needs.

    There is a Hebrew entrance requirement for those who also want to earn a Master of Arts in Jewish Learning.  Entering students are required to demonstrate capacity in the Hebrew language comparable to one year of college-level Modern Hebrew. We do not need to see documented coursework in Hebrew; however, applicants must pass a Hebrew Capacity Exam (HCE) in order to matriculate into the MAJL program. The exam is taken at the time of the admissions interview. Learn more.