The curricula of all our programs reflect our innovative, pluralistic approach to the training of Jewish spiritual leaders. We believe that in order for our students to be most effective in their role as 21st century Jewish leaders, they must engage in intensive study of the ancient Jewish texts as well as gain an in-depth understanding of the teachings and traditions of all of Judaism’s denominations.
By exposing our students to the full range of approaches to Jewish learning, values, and practices, we honor the varied voices of authority and experience within our one religion. We also believe that in order to help their fellow Jews feel a deep, personal connection to Judaism, our graduates must be able to foster spiritual growth and offer a Jewish approach to life’s crises. Reflecting that concern, we emphasize the development of sensitivity and the ability to reflect deeply on one’s inner process as well as the deeper meaning of life. All this is done in the context of community, where students deepen their connection to the Jewish people historically and contemporaneously.