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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Los Angeles, United States- California


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Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals, and offers graduate and postgraduate degree programs to scholars of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise renowned library, archive, and museum collections, biblical archaeology excavations, and academic publications. HUC-JIR invites the community to an array of cultural and educational programs that illuminate Jewish identity, history, and contemporary creativity, and foster interfaith and multiethnic understanding.

When Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the founder of American Reform Judaism, came to America in 1846, he encountered a frontier Jewry of 40,000 people. There was but one ordained officiating rabbi in all of America; most Jewish clergy were German "free lancers," officiating in the German language and lacking any real understanding of American life.

Wise understood the urgent need for rabbinical training and standards for those who would provide progressive, enlightened, and modern spiritual leadership for the American pulpit. At a time when Christian denominational colleges were springing up by the score, Wise was certain that an institution of higher Jewish learning would guarantee Jewish survival in America.

And so, in 1873, with an American Jewish population exceeding 150,000, Wise was the catalyst for the creation of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly Union of American Hebrew Congregations), with its twenty-eight congregational founding members, in order to support the establishment of a "Hebrew Theological Institute." In 1875, the Hebrew Union College was launched in Cincinnati the first permanent Jewish institution of higher learning in the New World.

The liberal and pluralistic ethos of Wise's seminary was amplified through its merger in 1950 with the Jewish Institute of Religion. Founded in 1922 in New York by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, the renowned advocate of social justice and human rights, the Jewish Institute of Religion was conceived as an institution serving all streams of Judaism.

A third center was opened in Los Angeles in 1954 to serve the growing Jewish community on the West Coast. A fourth branch was established in Jerusalem in 1963 to serve as a post-doctoral school of archaeological and biblical studies. Since 1970, it has grown to serve as the center for the College-Institute's Year-in-Israel Program, Israel Rabbinical Program, and as the academic center for the Progressive Movement in Israel.

Today, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is an international seminary and university of graduate studies offering a wide variety of academic and professional programs. In addition to its Rabbinical School, the College-Institute includes Schools of Graduate Studies, Education, Jewish Communal Service, Sacred Music, and Biblical Archaeology.

Financial Aid


In all of its full-time professional programs, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) offers generous financial assistance - in the form of grants and loans to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by Financial Aid Office.

Institutional Need Based Tuition Grants are scholarships that do not need to be repaid and are provided directly to the student from the HUC's own resources. All grants and scholarships are based on the student's assessed financial need. In addition, Federal Stafford Loans will also be awarded to students based on the same materials received in the financial aid office by the deadline.

To be eligible for an HUC tuition grant, a student must demonstrate more then $5,000 in financial need based on the information in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile Form. Approximately 80% of students receive tuition grants.

The deadline is May 7, 2010 to submit the required materials listed below to the Financial Aid Office for the 10-11 academic year.

*Please note that scholarships, grants and financial aid loans will be awarded on a first come first served basis. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will receive notification of your financial aid package for the upcoming year. Award letters will go out on a rolling basis starting in the late spring.

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