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The Title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE)

The Title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE)

Prior to 1968, Reform Judaism had no tradition respecting requirements or training to be a professional Jewish educator. Men and women serving as Jewish educators reflected diverse backgrounds. In December 1968, the then Union of American Hebrew Congregations-Central Conference of American Rabbis Joint Commission on Jewish Education authorized the professional designation, Fellow in Religious Education (F.R.E.), and bestowed it on Jewish educators who met prescribed criteria of training and experience. Over the next 15 years, 42 members of the then National Association of Temple Educators were granted the F.R.E.

In the mid-1970s, the above-mentioned Joint Commission on Jewish Education of the UAHC and the CCAR (later to become the URJ-CCAR-NATE Commission on Religious Education) began to explore new standards for Reform Jewish Educators. In 1980, a committee comprising the American Conference of Cantors, the Commission on Jewish Education, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and the National Association of Temple Educators began to deliberate this issue. In 1982, the committee announced criteria for a new title: Reform Jewish Educator (R.J.E.). These criteria established academic and professional standards required for all educators while recognizing the diverse backgrounds of the men and women currently in the field of Reform Jewish education.

The Reform Jewish Educator Title-Granting Commission is currently comprised of representatives from the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

To date, 570 educators have earned the coveted RJE title.

The RJE Title-Granting Commission welcomes applications from people who meet the established criteria.

For additional information, Contact Robin Eisenberg, RJE, Registrar, and / or Julie Vanek, RJE, Chairperson.

 

Recipients of the Title Fellow in Religious Education

Prior to 1968, Reform Judaism had no tradition regarding requirements or training to be a professional Jewish Educator. Men and women serving in that capacity reflected diverse backgrounds. In December 1968, the then UAHC-CCAR Joint Commission on Jewish Education authorized the professional designation, Fellow in Religious Education (F.R.E.), and bestowed it upon a Jewish Educator who met prescribed criteria of training and experience. Over the next fifteen years (through December 1983), 42 members of the National Association of Temple Educators were granted the F.R.E.