The goal of the Rabbinical School is to train men and women to become spiritual leaders who will serve all Jews and Jewish movements, who will be steeped in the teachings and traditions of the sacred texts and, at the same time, bring a sense of spirituality and holiness to our lives as Jews today. This is a lofty objective but one which we have achieved, in large part, because of four key components that define our Rabbinical School. A combination of the traditional and the innovative, together they are the reason why we are producing rabbis who are uniquely qualified to meet the needs of the 21st century American Jewish community.
We believe that the ancient Jewish texts provide a depth of precious wisdom which makes immersion in textual study one of the Rabbinical School’s major imperatives. There is also a significant emphasis on spirituality throughout our curriculum in order to enable our graduates to convey a very real sense of spirituality and have the ability to foster spiritual growth among their fellow Jews. In addition, there is a substantial focus on pastoral counseling and other professional skills because we want our graduates to be well-equipped to help those they serve. And, finally, as a transdenominational school, we believe that honoring the wisdom of all the denominations provides our students with the invaluable opportunity to study the full range of approaches to Jewish learning, values, and practices.
Graduates of the Rabbinical School are ordained as “Rabbi and Teacher in Israel,” and receive a Masters Degree in Rabbinic Studies. Successful completion generally requires five years of full-time study, with part-time options available. Advanced standing may be granted to students who demonstrate the required degree of competence. Students must pass examinations in Hebrew language, Liturgy, Bible, and Jewish literacy as well as undertake a supervised internship. A Masters thesis is required for ordination.