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Establishment of the Geller-Gallagher Leadership Institute at the Zelikow School

Students Culminate From the ZSJNM Program Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President, has announced the establishment of the Geller-Gallagher Leadership Institute (GGLI) with a $1 million gift from Jay H. Geller, member of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors, and his husband, Lowell Gallagher, Professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles. The GGLI at the HUC-JIR Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (Zelikow School) will develop and promote professional and lay leadership in the Jewish nonprofit sector through conferences, seminars, workshops, and speakers’ series. Read more >

Students Culminate From the ZSJNM Program

Students Culminate From the ZSJNM Program On August 4, 2015, seven Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (ZSJNM) students culminated from the program and received certificates in Jewish Nonprofit Management. Students will now continue to dive into their thesis projects. Students learned from Scholar-in-Residence Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, for two days prior to culmination.They talked with her about leadership, social justice, and Judaism and Jewish communal life.

Richard Siegel Recieves Career Achievement Award

Richard Siegel On September 10, 2015, Richard Siegel, former Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, received a career achievement award from the Jewish Communal Professionals of South California. Richard culminated an incredible career through his work with HUC-JIR, making this a well deserved award. In the following recommendation letter, his former students and colleagues praise his career. 

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Gerald Bubis, z”l, Beloved Founding Director of HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Communal Service

Gerald Bubis It is with tremendous sadness that our community shares with you the news of the death of Professor Gerald Bubis this past Friday night. Jerry was a longtime and beloved member of our HUC-JIR community. The respected Founding Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service (now the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management) at our Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, he was the first to conceptualize, initiate, establish and sustain a program for the education and formation of professionals who would serve the totality of the Jewish community. He served as the Alfred Gottschalk Professor Emeritus of Jewish Communal Studies. His teaching and mentorship of generations of students created the field of Jewish Communal Service, while his leadership, publications, and guidance shaped and will continue to shape the Jewish nonprofit world he loved so much and served with distinction.

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Five Minutes With Erik Ludwig, New Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management

Erik Ludwig This summer HUC-JIR's ZSJNM welcomed our new director, Erik Ludwig. The students have spent the past few weeks getting to know Erik, and now it’s our turn. We challenged Erik to answer a few of our questions and learned quite a bit. Read below to learn about Erik’s thoughts on the importance of building a leadership pipeline, entrepreneurial capacity-building, and favorite flavor of ice cream (Cherry Garcia, anyone?). 

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ZSJNM Receives a Naming Gift

The HUC-JIR Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management has been named in honor of Marcie and Howard Zelikow in recognition of their recent $6 million transformational gift. Marcie has been a long-time leader of the ZSJNM Advisory Council, as well as a member of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors and the LA Board of Overseers. She and her husband Howard, also a prominent lay leader in the LA community, are strong advocates for the ZSJNM’s unique mission: to provide a practice-based graduate education for new generations of Jewish professionals to shape the future of the American Jewish community.

The Zelikow gift will enable the ZSJNM to expand its graduate degree programs to the other HUC-JIR campuses in Cincinnati, New York, and Jerusalem, as well as to initiate executive education opportunities for professionals already in the field. In addition to an Executive Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management, other professional certificates are being considered, such as in Synagogue Management and in Global Jewish Leadership.

The official dedication of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management was on Sunday afternoon–February 8th, 2015–in conjunction with the HUC-JIR Board of Governors meetings in Los Angeles.

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2014 ZSJNM Windmueller Israel Seminar

The ZSJNM Windmueller Israel Seminar took place from December 21st-January 2nd. Newly named in honor of Dr. Steven Windmueller, former director of the school and dean of the LA campus, this year’s Israel Seminar centered on the theme: “Beyond the Melting Pot: In Search of Israeli Identity.” Through meetings with leading nonprofit professionals, academics, and cultural analysts, the seminar explored how the Israeli nonprofit sector was addressing some of the major societal concerns, including the segregation of Russian and Ethiopian immigrant communities, the growing secular-Hareidi animosity, and the problematic status of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

A special feature of this year’s seminar was a series of encounters with groups of graduate students and young professionals working on social change, both in Israel and around the world. These included a class of social innovators studying for their MA in Global Leadership at Hebrew University, a group of young Israeli leaders exploring the intersection of Jewish values and social change sponsored by the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR, and a group of future Jewish leaders from around the world organized by the Union of Reform Judaism and the Jewish Agency. It was encouraging and inspiring for the students to meet with their colleagues… from North America, Israel, and other areas of the world… who are similarly committed to social justice and Jewish renewal.

Alumni Receive Awards for Professional Excellence

Congratulations to Leah Kitz, MAJCS/MSW 2004, on receiving the Mark Meltzer Young Professional Award from the Jewish Community Professionals of Southern California (JPSC) on September 17th. Leah recently assumed a new professional position as Associate Director of Development at New Community Jewish High School.

Congratulations to Aaron Gorodzinsky, MAJNM 2013, who will receive the JPro Network 2014 Norman Edell Award for Young Jewish Professional at the JFNA General Assembly in Washington, DC this coming November 9-11. Aaron is Director of Community Relations and Outreach at the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.

About Our Name

Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Logo In December 2010, HUC-JIR’s School of Jewish Communal Service was renamed the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. The name was chosen after years of discussion and deliberation. As Richard Siegel, Director of the School, observed in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service: “Part of the role of a school that educates Jewish professional leaders is to define the conceptual network in which the graduates will be entering. We believe that in its broadest reaches this network is the nonprofit sector, which aligns the school with those who seek the public good and the betterment of civil society. Within that sector, we have a special responsibility, a scared task to bring the values and wisdom of Jewish history, tradition, and culture to enrich the Jewish experience and improve the societies in which we work.” Read more >

In February 2015, thanks to a transformational gift from Marcie and Howard Zelikow, the School was renamed the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. With this gift, the Zelikow School is poised to broaden its impact, both geographically and across the range of Jewish professional fields. “With the Zelikows’ landmark support, the Zelikow School will grow in its ability to prepare future generations of skilled professionals to serve the institutions, agencies, and organizations of global Jewish life,” says Rabbi Aaron Panken, HUC-JIR President. Read more >

In Memory of Debbie Friedman – “Shalom Aleichem

Debbie Friedman During the 2010 Summer Session, Debbie Friedman spoke with the ZSJNM students as part of our series on “Presenting Culture: (In)Forming Jewish Identity.” As she was wrapping up her session, she was asked what she was working on, and she said that she had just written a new melody for “Shalom Aleichem.” We asked if she could give us a preview, and of course she obliged. One of our students, Hannah Rubin-Schlansky, fortuitously recorded it on her IPhone (see link below).

One note. She changed the last verse from “Tsayt-chem l’shalom” (Go in Peace) to “Shuv-chem l’shalom” (Return in Peace) and made a point of asking us to make that substitution when we sing her melody. She wanted to make sure that the angels knew that we wanted them to come back to us. Perhaps as we sing this, her spirit will come back to us, as well. May her memory be a blessing. Click here for the recording.