AJRCA students have several options for interreligious studies and interfaith work.
- An Interreligious Studies Concentration in the Rabbinical or Cantorial program. A student selecting this option will arrange, in close consultation with the Dean or faculty advisor, a program of electives from one or more of our collaborating partners that will satisfy the requirements. Classes required include 3 courses in the history and/or texts of two other traditions (9 units), 2 courses in interreligious skills (6 units), and 1 course in theological issues (3 units). At ordination, the student who has completed these will receive a Certificate demonstrating this competence.
- A program in Interfaith Relations within the Master of Jewish Studies. The 38-unit program can usually be completed in two years. It requires core courses in Jewish studies and 15 units in Interfaith Relations including history and practices of other traditions and interreligious skills.It should be noted that the Chaplaincy School, which culminates in a Master of Jewish Studies degree plus professional chaplaincy studies with required CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), is inherently an interfaith program. Students in Chaplaincy will often study with and serve people of other faiths, and frequently take electives that will enhance their familiarity with other traditions.
- Electives taken at our partner schools in the course of a regular AJRCA program, with no specific structured requirements.
- An interfaith internship, involving partnering with clergy of another tradition or working in an interfaith agency. In the past, students have held internships in churches, Christian colleges, and agencies serving an interfaith population.
- Participation in Intersem or other interfaith activities, as co-curricular activities. The Intersem retreat is required for students in CPE and highly recommended for other students.