HUC Cincinnati Receives $5.25m to Focus on Local Community

from The American Israelite (Cincinnati):

Jewish Foundation invests in innovative new initiatives at HUC, JFS

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati announced two new significant investments in the Cincinnati Jewish community: a transformative five-year, $5.225 million grant that will enable Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) to enhance its rabbinical student curriculum and to focus more of its resources on serving the Cincinnati Jewish community…

HUC-JIR will use a portion of its grant dollars to develop the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Fellows Program – an advanced service learning curriculum that will dispatch rabbinical students to help build capacity and serve community needs through paid internships at local Jewish institutions. Additional grant funding will be used to create a new Cincinnati-based Office of Recruitment and Community Engagement. This office will function both to increase rabbinical student enrollment in Cincinnati by approximately 50 percent over the next five years, as well as across the College-Institute generally, and to serve as a clearinghouse for the deployment of HUC-JIR’s resources to serve local Jewish needs. Senior HUC-JIR professionals will work with counterparts at Jewish communal agencies to develop creative partnerships, programs and events that are designed to bring the community onto the campus and bring the campus out into the community.