ABout us

Our project-intensive curriculum engages you in creative problem solving that will shape your practice as a nonprofit professional.

Our Approach to Education

VALUE YOUR VALUES

WE LIKE STUDENTS WHO LIVE VALUES
FIRST. NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT
REPAIRING THE WORLD. IT IS A WAY TO
CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO AND FOR
YOU TO MAKE A CAREER IN MAKING GOOD
HAPPEN.

INNOVATION WITH A PURPOSE

WE USE CREATIVITY TO PROBLEM FIND.
FOR US, INNOVATION IS NOT A BUNCH OF
RANDOMLY PLACED STICKY NOTES. IT IS
A WAY TO HELP YOU TO DESIGN A MORE
PERFECT WORLD.

PRACTICE MAKES
PERFECT, ALMOST

WE BELIEVE THERE IS A LOT TO LEARN FROM
MISSING THE MARK. THERE IS ALSO A LOT
TO LEARN BY DOING. OUR INTERNSHIPS AND
CONSULTING PROJECTS PROVIDE A LAB
FOR YOU TO PRACTICE AND DEVELOP YOUR
NONPROFIT EXPERTISE WITH PEOPLE WHO
CARE ABOUT YOUR CAREER.

NETWORK FOR GOOD

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. OUR STUDENTS
AND 600+ ALUMNI ARE A COMMUNITY OF
DIFFERENCE MAKERS WITH GLOBAL REACH
AND IMPACT. THEY AFFECT CHANGE AND
YOU WILL TOO.

SACRED ROOTS

WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY, PLURALISM AND
ARE NON-DENOMINATIONAL. OUR STUDENTS
COME FROM A SPECTRUM OF BACKGROUNDS,
KNOWLEDGE SETS, AND GEOGRAPHIES.
YOU WILL FIND FACULTY WHO CARE AND A
PLACE WHERE JEWISH WISDOM AND VALUES
ARE INTERTWINED TO REINFORCE OUR
EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES AND THE WORK
WE INSPIRE IN THE NONPROFIT ECOSYSTEM.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The school is a transformative gathering place for nonprofit leaders to learn and collaborate. We use creative problem solving to spark innovative solutions to today­’s Jewish nonprofit challenges.

Our students are activists, intellectuals, artists, musicians, engineers, rabbis, social workers, educators, and policy wonks that include Dual degree students at USC as well as students concurrently enrolled in the Education and Rabbinic programs at HUC-JIR.

Our faculty and community of practitioners include business entrepreneurs, executive directors of Jewish organizations, and Scholars-In-Residence that have included the likes of Stosh Cotler of Bend the Arc, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, John Ruskay of the UJA-Federation New York, and Ruth Messinger of American Jewish World Service.

We take a Silicon Beach attitude and push education outside of the classroom, making it hands-on and project based, ensuring students acquire the skills needed to get the job and do the job effectively.

Our history

The School of Jewish Communal Service was founded by Gerald Bubis z”l in 1968 to address the need for more highly trained and Jewishly committed professionals in Jewish life. Over the past 49 years the school has earned a distinguished reputation as a premier center for the education of Jewish professional leaders.

Thanks to a transformative gift from Marcie and Howard Zelikow, the School of Jewish Communal Service was renamed and dedicated the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management on February 8, 2015. The Zelikow Endowment, along with their commitment for current operations, provides core support for the Zelikow School, including its administration, faculty, student financial aid, technology enhancement, and more.

Located in Los Angeles, the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management curriculum is designed to take maximum advantage of the resources of the metropolitan area. From the temperate climate to the film and television industry, from its world-class cultural institutions to its rich ethnic diversity, LA provides a dynamic backdrop to the Zschool program. Los Angeles is also home to the second largest Jewish population in North America and the third in the world. The breadth and depth of the Jewish community provides a wide range of opportunities for student internships and a vibrant network of leaders, both lay and professional, working to enhance Jewish life.

The Zelikow School is part of the Jack H. Skirball campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which also includes the Rabbinical School and the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. The campus is a unique environment, bringing together future professional colleagues to learn from each other and to develop their Jewish professional networks.

Alumni

Leadership team

Erik Ludwig

Director
ELudwig@huc.edu

Mandi Richardson

Associate Director
MRichardson@huc.edu

Melissa Garai

Manager of Advancement
and Program Services
MGarai@huc.edu

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