Purpose
HUC-JIR is a religious and scholarly learning community dedicated to:

  • Developing Jewish professional and lay leaders to transmit and apply to contemporary life the sustaining values, responsibilities and texts of our tradition;
  • Applying the open and pluralistic spirit of the Reform movement to the study of the great issues of Jewish life and thought.
  • Advancing the critical study of Jewish culture and related disciplines in accordance with the highest standards of modern academic scholarship.

Mission
HUC-JIR serves as:

  • The educational and intellectual center of Reform Judaism:
    • Training and sustaining rabbis, cantors, communal and educational professionals throughout their careers for service to Reform Judaism and klal Yisrael;
    • Providing higher learning for scholars of religion of all faiths;
    • Supporting the educational and spiritual growth of lay leadership for the Reform movement;
    • Creating and disseminating scholarly research and publication;
    • Preserving and providing access to library, archival and museum resources;
    • Working with Jewish institutions worldwide to enhance Jewish life, learning and values and to shape the Jewish experience of the future.
  • A Jewish religious community built on God, Torah, avodah, mitzvot, and Tikkun Ha-olam:
    • Integrating Jewish tradition, academic knowledge and professional competence in the development of our students;
    • Creating a religious community that gives meaning to the educational experience and provides a model for students to take with them into their lives and work;
    • Instilling in its members exceptional leadership skills and spiritual growth enabling them to become catalysts of transformation in the creation of vibrant Jewish communities.
  • An innovative resource and learning center working with Reform congregations and leaders, the Jewish organizational world and the religious and academic community at large;
    • Providing a forum for creative Jewish thought;
    • Acknowledging and supporting a diverse community of scholars, students and staff committed to academic freedom and rigor;
    • Contributing to the real-life decisions and growth of the Reform Jewish community worldwide;
    • Sustaining a vital relationship with the People and the Land by cultivating the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel.

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