Students pursuing a degree at HUC-JIR who are seeking to better position themselves in the job market or develop specialized skill sets may want to consider completing a Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management.

The Zelikow School partners with the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and the Rabbinical School.

Students accepted into the Rabbinical School seeking to strengthen their skill sets in nonprofit management cultivating their leadership potential in synagogues and educational institutions may concurrently earn an MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management or take the Certificate program over the course of two summers during their HUC tenure.

These programs are open to students at all three HUC-JIR stateside campuses (LA, Cincinnati and New York).

  • degree Requirements
    • Units Required:Units Required: 35 units* for Masters; 1 summer of coursework for Certificates
    • Fieldwork Internship (MA only): One year of supervised field practice and related practicum course in an experiential learning environment that is constructed to meet educational objectives by integrating leadership theory with on the job learning.
    • Capstone Project (MA only): Choose between a traditional research thesis or a nonprofit accelerator. Completed during Fall/Spring of year two.
    • Seminar in Global Nonprofit Innovation: The Windmueller Israel Seminar is a 2.5-week experience designed to introduce Jewish professional leaders to the social, political and cultural dynamics of contemporary Israel. The trip is offered every other year (even-numbered years) and begins in mid-December. The next trip is scheduled for December 2020.

View Sample Course Requirements

First Summer  
CS 427 Evolution and Structure of the Amer. J. Community 2
CS 521 History of Jewish Ideas 3
CS 540 Introduction to Jewish Communal Institutions 3
CS 544 Organizational Development 2
CS 510C Encounter Seminar: Conflict, Civility, & Community (or other elective, if offered) 2
First Fall (MA only)
CS 543A Supervised Fieldwork/Joints (180 hours) 2
CS 545A Field Practicum 1
First Spring (MA only)
CS 543B Supervised Fieldwork/Joints (180 hours) 2
Second Summer
CS 523 Leadership in Jewish Communal Service 2
CS 590 Collaborative Communication for J. Professionals 2
CS 596 Elements of Nonprofit Management 2
CS 525 Nonprofit Marketing and Branding 2
CS 531 Fundraising and Financial Resource Development (or other elective, if offered) 3
Second Fall (MA only)
CS 901A Capstone: Jewish Community Research 3
Second Spring (MA only)
CS 545B Field Practicum 1
CS 481 Israel Seminar 2
CS 901B Capstone: Business Model Accelerator 3
DEGREE TOTAL Joint Masters 36
DEGREE TOTAL Certificates 22