AJR's community of learners.

The AJR Student Association is a student-organized, student-run body that is dedicated to enhancing the students  experience at AJR. An integral part of AJR, the Student Association is comprised of graduate, rabbinical and cantorial students. The Student Association is recognized by the Administration as the students  representative within the AJR community. As such, the Student Association nominates one student to serve as the student representative on the Board of Trustees (Sally Shore-Wittenberg). In addition, two students serve as liaisons from the student association to the administration, to raise issues generated by the student body regarding their experience at AJR. This year’s liaisons are Jerry Blum and Nicole Goluboff.

The Student Association, which meets monthly on rotating days of the week from 1:00-1:45 p.m., is governed by a slate of officers and committee chairs, drawn from both the cantorial and rabbinical programs, who are elected at its April meeting. In order to further the activities of the Association, each student is asked to pay annual dues at the beginning of the fall semester. These dues allow the Student Association, among other things, to co-sponsor the Hannukah party and the Purimspiel, to provide lounge refreshments and water cooler and a photocopy machine for the students’ use, to award an annual Student Leadership Award and place an ad in the annual ordination journal, and to purchase kanfot for each member of the ordination class. In addition, lockers, which were purchased by the Association, are available for students’ use on a first come, first served basis.  Contact the secretary (Rachel Posner) to be assigned a locker.

Among the other activities the Student Association undertakes each year are: Tzedek Projects and Gemah, which keeps the community informed on a weekly basis, circulates a mishaberakh list and sends notes and contributions when warranted.

For new students, the first year can be somewhat confusing. The Student Association participates in the “new students welcome” session at the beginning of the year to explain who is who, and who does what. But the Student Association does not leave you hanging after that. Our Vice-President and madrikh chair, (Mitchell Blank) provides a student mentor for each new student to whom they can turn for information.

In addition, we have an information sharing program available to provide a guide to on-line resources that can help you in your journey at AJR.  Please contact any officer below for information.

Finally, the President, Lisa Sacks, the Vice President, Mitchell Blank, the Secretary, Rachel Posner, or the Treasurer,  Stephen Axinn, are always available to assist.