“The school guided me and supported me. Whether in direct contact or not these days, lessons I learned in classes, the messages from the work of the school, I keep finding myself returning to the values and concepts - they didn't necessarily mean a lot to me when I first learned them, but they are echoing as I apply them in my current practices.”MAJNM/MARE , Class of ‘09
“The ZSJNM program propelled my career in the exact direction I imagined it going. After completing the program, I served as the director for a Jewish professionals association, an executive director for a synagogue, and now the operations manager for a multi-million dollar national organization. In addition to filling my professional tool box to advance my career, the program helped me analyze and reflect upon my personal actions and viewpoints in order to be more flexible when working with various types of people.” MAJNM/MPA , Class of ‘12
For eight years after college, Julia worked for Jewish nonprofits, blending her Jewish passion and interest in communications, but she needed additional learning and professional training to further her career. The double M.A. at ZSJNM and USC nailed it for her, balancing rigorous studies in a diverse student cohort, background courses in Jewish history, culture, and thought, and best practices in marketing and messaging. Julia is ready to apply her communications expertise to move the Jewish people forward.
“It is great to see my classwork have a real, immediate impact on a nonprofit organization.”
Ari’s background includes an M.A. in Jewish education and teaching for seven years at the Martin Beren Academy in Houston. A few years ago, he was asked to run their summer camp. The experience was new and fun for him, and opened his eyes to how he could contribute on an administrative level. His studies at HUC-JIR have exposed him to innovative ideas and methods that he is taking back to his Houston community.
“There are no two students who have the same career goals. Each of us will be a vital link in the vast system that is the Jewish community.”
Unique ZSchool Learning Opportunities
Field Placement Internships
Fieldwork internships provide supervised and structured professional experiences in a variety of Jewish communal agencies. Guided by carefully constructed educational objectives, the fieldwork internships provide invaluable practitioner and leadership training, engaging students in experiential learning which integrates the classroom and the workplace. Students spend 16 hours/week in their first year internships and 20 hours/week in their second year internships.
Nonprofit Accelerator Capstone Project
Our Capstone Course, titled “Lean Launchpad for the Jewish Nonprofit” replicates the experience of a high-tech business accelerator in order to develop leaders who can innovate within existing organizations or launch their own startup.
Global Seminar in Nonprofit Innovation
The Windmueller Israel seminar is designed to explore challenges in Israel and how nonprofits have developed creative solutions to those challenges. Past trips have allowed the intersection with some of Israel’s high-tech and innovative nonprofit leaders such as Jonathan Medved, Founder & CEO of OurCrowd and Dyonna Ginsburg, ED of OLAM, to understand how problem-solving and business principles in the for-profit and social enterprise sector can be put to use in nonprofits.
Geller-Gallagher Leadership Institute (GGLI)
We launched the Geller-Gallagher Leadership Institute (GGLI) with a remarkable $1 million gift from HUC-JIR Board member, Jay Geller and his husband Lowell Gallagher in 2016. This program allows us to reach beyond the walls of the classroom by developing and promoting professional and lay leadership in the Jewish nonprofit sector through conferences, seminars, workshops, and speakers’ series.