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 elements that define our Rabbinical School. A combination of the traditional and the innovative, together these elements make our rabbinical graduates 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 that makes immersion in textual study one of the Rabbinical School’s major imperatives. Our curriculum includes an emphasis on spirituality that enables our graduates to convey to their fellow Jews a sense of the reality of holiness and depth of meaning in daily life as well as on holidays and commemorations. In addition, students must study and practice professional skills that will equip them to help those in need. And, as a transdenominational school, we believe that openness to the wisdom of all the denominations not only introduces them to the full range of approaches to Jewish values, and practices, but also helps them to develop their own personal integration of Judaism.
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 entering students who demonstrate the required degree of competence in Hebrew, liturgical studies, or certain areas of text study. Students must successfully complete a supervised rabbinical internship, a unit of clinical pastoral education, and a Master’s thesis as well as the required course of study.