Rabbi Yardeni-Funk is thrilled to be the new Dean of the AJRCA Rabbinical school (beginning Fall 2016), which she graduated from in 2006.
“Rabbi” is the honored title of a Jewish spiritual leader for two thousand years: the person to whom a community turns for insight, guidance, and understanding. Today our communities are developing new forms in addition to the traditional synagogue and school, but people still seek a deep sense of connection — to the past, the future, and to one another. The rabbi of the twenty-first century will bring the illumination of Torah to the lives of individuals and families, to community life through the rhythms of the Jewish calendar, and to new issues in our rapidly changing society.
We say: study, celebrate, pray, innovate, serve! – this is what Jews do together, and we do it with joy and wholehearted commitment.
Your work – if you resonate with this call and decide to enter upon the career of rabbi – will be to seek wisdom wherever it may be found, to develop an integrated style of thought and practice that will guide you in your ongoing evolution, and to share with others in a community dedicated to mutual growth. These modes of spiritual development, unique to AJRCA, will enable you to thrive as a Jewish leader.
When you graduate from the Rabbinical School, you are ordained as “Rabbi and Teacher in Israel,” and receive a Masters Degree in Rabbinic Studies. The program generally requires five years of full-time study; part-time options are available. You must successfully complete a supervised rabbinical internship, a unit of clinical pastoral education, and a Master’s thesis as well as the required courses of study.
Advanced standing may be granted to entering students who demonstrate high levels of competence in Hebrew, liturgical studies, or certain areas of text study.