Master of Public Administration in Jewish Communal Service Fairleigh Dickinson University

New College of General and Continuing Studies

Public Administration Institute

The MPA program specializing in Jewish Communal Service is designed to create a well-rounded administrator to work in the non-profit sector focusing on communal service within the Jewish community. It is offered in cooperation with the Institute of Traditional Judaism. The 39-credit program features a balanced blend of theory and application. The curriculum is designed to provide the conceptual and management skills needed to perform effectively in the public and non-profit sectors. In addition to providing a strong grounding in the core areas of management, the MPA program features carefully designed courses specific to the Jewish community, which tailor your credentials for Jewish communal management and administration.

Master of Public Administration in Jewish Communal Service

With the cooperation of the Institute of Traditional Judaism

Program Outline: The program is designed to create a well-rounded administrator to work in the non-profit sector focusing on communal service within the Jewish community.

The 39-credit program features a balanced blend of theory and application. The curriculum is designed to provide the conceptual and management skills needed to perform effectively in the public and non-profit sectors. In addition to providing a strong grounding in the core areas of management, the MPA program features carefully designed courses specific to the Jewish community that focus in developing Jewish communal managers and administrators.

Students may also choose a second concentration in Health administration by completing an additional 3 courses from the Health administration requirements.

Program Length: The MPA in Jewish Communal Service is designed to be completed over an 18-24 month period, based on full-time enrollment.

Program Costs: The program cost is based on a tuition rate of 50of the regular tuition rate for a graduate class. Currently the regular rate per 3-credit class is $1914. The approximate cost is $12,500 for the entire program. In July of each year, the university re-evaluates its tuition rate and generally increases tuition on average of 5 Per year.

Program Course Outline:

MPA Core Curriculum (21 Credits)

PADM 6600 Public & Non-profit Management (3 Cr)

PADM 6601 Organizational Theory (3 Cr)

PADM 6602 Budgeting and Finance (3 Cr)

PADM 6603 Public Policy Administration or

PADM 6612 Political Environment of Public Administration (3 Cr)

PADM 6604 Human Resources Management (3 Cr)

PADM 6606 Analytical Methods for Administrators or

PADM 6610 Quantitative Methods for Administrators (3 Cr)

PADM 6680 Information Technology Management (3 Cr)



JEWISH COMMUNAL SERVICE CONCENTRATION (12 Credits)

MADS 6616 Fundraising Management (3 Credits)

PADM 7750 Jewish Tradition and Institutional Life (2 Credits)

PADM 7752 Counseling & Pastoral Care in the Jewish Community (2 Credits)

PADM 7754 Event & Conference Planning (1Credit)

PADM 7756 Professional Jewish Development (1 Credit)

PADM 7758 Organizational Structure of the American Jewish Community

ELECTIVES (3 Credits)

PADM 7712 Managing Organizational Change (3 Cr)

PADM 7713 Organizational Performance Assessment (3 Cr)

PADM 7714 Law and Administration (3 Cr)

PADM 7715 Employee Relations (3 Cr)

PADM 7716 Delivery of Public Services (3 Cr)

PADM 7717 Planning & Marketing for Managers (3 Cr)

PADM 7718 Contemporary Management Issues (3 Cr)

PADM 8801 Seminar in Strategic Thinking (3 Cr)

PADM 6811 Independent Study in Public Administration (3 Cr)



INTEGRATIVE EXPERIENCES/INTERNSHIP (3 Credits)

PADM 6821 M.P.A. Project

Or

PADM 6822 M.P.A. Thesis

MPA in JEWISH COMMUNAL SERVICE

Master of Public Administration in Jewish Communal Service Fairleigh Dickinson University


New College of General and Continuing Studies

The Jewish Communal Professional

There is a special place in the Jewish community, where reward is not based solely on money. It is an occupation that enables an individual to be rewarded for creating an environment that ensures the future survival of the Jewish community; one that builds tikkun olam and upholds the social values of our community. The Jewish communal worker is the skeletal structure that enables and carries out vision in our community.

Traditionally in the Jewish Community, scholars and communal workers are viewed with the highest regard. Maimonides sees the role of communal professional as one that is inspired. In comparing the communal worker to the Priests and Levites, Maimonides writes that because of their elevated calling, the communal worker should be valued and remunerated for their devotion (Mishnah Torah 13:13) Furthermore, in Brachot 5:1:8d, the Talmud states that “ Rabbi Jeremiah said: He who occupies himself with affairs of the community is as one who studies the Law”.

Clearly our sages viewed the Jewish communal worker as someone who is dedicated, devoted, and inspired. It takes a talented individual to succeed in the Jewish communal profession.

Fortunately, for our generation, there are many options and opportunities for anyone who is excited and enthusiastic about joining this unique profession. All across the United States there are academic programs aimed at training and guiding the future communal worker. Each program offers a unique learning opportunity. I encourage anyone who ever wanted to make a difference to contact all of the programs and research which one can best help you realize your vision and dream. Your talent and skill is needed to maintain a strong foundation in the Jewish Community.

Rabbi Michael Gisser is the Director of the Office of Jewish Affairs at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.