The curriculum of the Chaplaincy School includes intensive coursework in both Judaic studies and spiritual care. Specialized text studies of Tanakh and rabbinic literature from a psychospiritual point of view provide our students with foundational Jewish resources for dealing with suffering and adversity. Practical studies include the halachot of daily life, prayer, life-cycle events, visiting the sick, and Jewish medical ethics. In the area of spiritual care, we offer not only courses in counseling and chaplaincy, but also in crisis intervention, the special needs of the dying and their loved ones, the dynamics of addiction, and the impact of the prison system on the lives of those within it. The completion of this curriculum ensures that, when serving as Jewish chaplains, our graduates will be able to empathize deeply with those who are experiencing anxiety and anguish, and to give those who are in pain a greater sense of G-d’s presence in their lives.
We offer Clinical Pastoral Education units as an integral part of the Master’s degree curriculum, so that students can progress toward professional certification as chaplains while at AJRCA.