With our 2021 Ordination-Graduation ceremony approaching, we are highlighting members of the graduating class. Click here to see all of the posts in this series.
Today we’re talking with Rabbinic Ordinee and Graduate Amiel Monson.
1) With the ceremony approaching, what emotions are you feeling?
Excitement, a sense of completion. It’s hard to believe that this time has come. Six years is a very long time, especially in my case where I began in California, did my last year in Las Vegas and Albany, NY. I am really proud of all my fellow graduates from the 2021 class. It’s really nice to be graduating with so many talented and accomplished people with a wide variety of skills.
2) What is one learning from your Academy experience that you will take with you after graduation?
3) Is there anything you learned at AJRCA that truly surprised you?
A full sense of open-mindedness and appreciation for all types of Jews. Our common bond is our love for Judaism, our uniqueness comes from the way each of us approach Judaism differently. But we all respect each other and each other’s beliefs.
4) If you could go back in time and tell your pre-AJRCA self one thing, what would that be?
Take more of a variety of classes beyond Rabbinics and the Rabbinical requirements. Take advantage of your one-on-one dialogue with your classmates, professors, and administrators, challenge yourself even more to master The Tanach.