Friday, December 16, 2011

Hebrew Union College

Hebrew Union College was founded in 1875 by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the founder of American Reform Judaism due to the need for formal Rabbi training in the United States. The school is the oldest Jewish Seminary in the country. The school first started in the basement of the Mound Street Temple and in 1881 moved to its own building on West Sixth Street. In 1912 the school moved to its current location in Clifton. The college expanded in 1950 when it merged with the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and in 1954 opened a location in Los Angeles. In 1963 a location was opened in Jerusalem making it the only Reform Judaism school in Israel.

Hebrew Union College focuses on undergraduate and graduate programs in Rabbinical studies, Cantorial studies, Jewish educational studies, and Jewish communal service studies. The archaeology center at Skirball Museum in Cincinnati has a large artifact collection from Canaan and Israel and the Klau Library and American Jewish Archives at the school has one of the largest collection of Jewish and Hebrew artifacts and documents in the western hemisphere.

Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Avenue, Clifton

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