Community… in all of its manifestations… is a core value of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, beginning with the class cohorts and extending out to the HUC and USC communities, the Jewish professional community (the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California and the national Jewish Communal Service Association) and the broader Jewish community locally, in North America, in Israel and throughout the world. The ZSJNM embraces a tightly interconnected network of students, faculty, alumni, professionals and lay leaders in a community, both real and virtual. The ZSJNM experience weaves the multiple voices, perspectives, roles, talents and visions of this community into a network of caring, support and encouragement.
The ZSJNM itself is diverse and pluralistic with students coming with a wide range of work, educational, cultural and life experiences. Mirroring the reality of the contemporary Jewish world, the ZSJNM student body is Jewishly pluralistic and multi-denominational, with an array of religious practice, political perspectives, and ethnic/national backgrounds. Further enriching the academic environment, ZSJNM cohorts include students studying in a variety of disciplines, including education and rabbinical students at HUC, as well as MBA, MPA, MSW, and Communication Management students at the University of Southern California (USC). The diversity of the ZSJNM community mirrors the diversity of the broader Jewish community and provides the contours of an extensive and mutually-supportive professional network.