The goal of the Chaplaincy School is to provide a dynamic and supportive learning community in which students can deepen their Judaic knowledge and chaplaincy skills in order to be able to work in multi-dimensional chaplaincy settings. There is a real and growing need for Jewish chaplains and AJRCA takes tremendous pride in being the only Jewish graduate institution in the US that prepares people to become board certified chaplains through our Clinical Pastoral Education Program, a fully accredited ACPE (Association of Clinical Pastoral Education) satellite of Methodist Hospital of Southern California. We encourage all of our Chaplaincy School students to take advantage of our CPE program offering, so that they can work toward receiving the required certification units at the same time as attending the Chaplaincy School.
We recognize that the graduates of our Chaplaincy School will be called upon to work with diverse individuals, families, groups, institutions, and communities, both Jewish and non-Jewish. In order to best serve the needs of all of these constituencies, the Chaplaincy School program successfully integrates pertinent Judaic studies and their application to modern day situations with intensive training in clinical pastoral care and the study of human development.
The program is two academic years plus one summer, with a year’s Practicum/Fieldwork and a Masters thesis among the requirements for certification. A Masters Degree in Jewish Studies as well as a certificate in Jewish Chaplaincy will be awarded upon completion of the program.