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BBYO Partners with Hebrew College in Boston on Innovative Professional Development Experience

March 17, 2008

Hebrew College in Boston and BBYO have announced a partnership in which Hebrew College will provide the Jewish studies module for BBYO's Professional Development Institute (PDI). PDI provides a cadre of BBYO professionals an opportunity to earn fully-funded Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and now a certificate in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College. The program is funded through the Jim Joseph Foundation of San Francisco, which last Spring awarded BBYO up to $2.5 million to implement this initiative.

"Relationships with the Kelley School of Business and Hebrew College will allow BBYO to provide its professionals with academic experiences that will set them on a path to be senior professional leaders in the Jewish community," said Matthew Grossman, BBYO's Executive Director.

"Hebrew College is thrilled to provide ongoing education that will benefit BBYO professionals, the youth with whom they work, and ultimately the larger Jewish community," said Marion Gribetz, Associate Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College. "We look forward to working collaboratively with the Kelley School of Business over the coming years to enhance and enrich the Jewish identities and professional experiences of the participants."

After receiving more than a dozen applications from institutions interested in providing the Jewish educational experience for the Institute, BBYO selected Hebrew College in large part due to its experiential learning pedagogy, an outside-the-classroom teaching style in which Jewish topics are explored in "real-world" settings. Hebrew College also has expertise working with curricular partners in campus-based and online learning. This will manifest itself in a capstone course in Israel during the final year of the program where the curriculum and credit will be offered from both Hebrew College and the Kelley School of Business.

"Ultimately, we want our participants to continue to pursue Jewish living and learning as they contribute to the growth of the Jewish community in a professional setting" said Rachel Hochheiser Schwartz, Director of the Professional Development Institute. "Our partnership with Hebrew College will certainly help to build the next generation of Jewish professionals who ultimately will go on to make a difference in Jewish communities around the world."

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