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The Community Teaching Certificate represents the most popular JCHS Certificate program. Our Teaching Certificate is well-respected nationally, and students receiving this Certificate have been hired at synagogues all across North America. Upon completion of this 80-credit program, students will have a solid background in Judaic and Hebraic studies and a sufficient familiarity with educational methodology to prepare them as entry-level teachers in Jewish supplementary schools.
A recent survey of JCHS alumni demonstrated that over half of Teaching Certificate graduates were earning extra money during their college years, and beyond, by working in Religious Schools, Jewish youth groups, Junior Congregations, and Jewish summer camps.
This certificate is also available to seniors graduating from Jewish Day Schools upon successfully completing the college-level education course.
This program is a URJ-sponsored two-year course of Jewish studies for 11th and 12th grade students who have been Confirmed. Its goal is to train future religious school teachers and leaders for the Reform movement.
14 credits after the completion of Confirmation in a URJ-affiliated religious school. Students attend class one night a week, and enroll in a supervised student teaching program at a Reform synagogue for both years. Synagogues offer an additional formal study component.
NOTE: Along with the Teaching Certificates, seniors may receive college credits through an arrangement with Gratz College.