Spokesperson Program

The IISHJ Spokesperson program was created to develop speakers who represent Secular Humanistic Judaism to the Jewish and general public, explaining its philosophy, observances, and celebrations.

Admission Requirements

For more information or to request an application, go to Admissions and Financial Aid.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Completion of 6 credit hours of weekend seminars (3 required, 3 elective)
  • Four papers or projects of approximately 1500 words each to be submitted within two years of the seminar.
  • Completion of 3 supervised fieldwork projects designed to give the students practical experience in their field. (PS 390 – 2 credit hours). The fieldwork projects may be completed concurrently with the program.

The required seminars of the Spokesperson Program are: Roots of Secular Humanistic Judaism (SHJ 100), Basic Ideas of Secular Humanistic Judaism (SHJ 110), and Celebration of Jewish Calendar and Holidays (JC 200). JC 100 may not serve as an elective. Students in the Spokesperson Program are required to perform certain fieldwork tasks appropriate to their training. Fieldwork is supervised by the IISHJ Associate Professor of Professional Development in concert with a designated Leader/Madrikh(a)/Vegvayzer. The Associate Professor of Professional Development also advises students on program paper or project topics.