Center for Pastoral Education

Every day rabbis, priests, ministers and imams are called to the bedsides of the dying. People in crisis regularly turn first to spiritual leaders in their communities for essential assistance and guidance. The Center for Pastoral Education prepares its students to receive these calls with a unique combination of psychological principles and religious insights, integrated during hundreds of hours of supervised clinical practice. This approach, a revolution in the training of clergy, equips the center's students to face the complex needs of individuals, families, and communities. 

Our mission is to provide excellent pastoral education to equip seminarians, clergy, laity, and professionals of any faith to serve the spiritual needs of people within their own faith traditions and in broader society. The center also provides influential research and creates and disseminates resources about Jewish pastoral practice. 

Founded in 2009, the center already stands out among Jewish seminaries and in the field as a whole. Here, pastoral education is grounded in the Jewish tradition and the transformative learning process of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). As one of the very few seminary-based programs accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the center has set a new standard for Jewish pastoral leadership. 

The Center for Pastoral Education at JTS is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE.

CPE Programs

Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling (CPCC)

Important Information for JTS Students

Staff and Faculty

The work of the center is possible thanks to the generous funding by:

To support the Center for Pastoral Education, please contact Bryan Brown by email or at (212) 280 6175.

Mailing Address:

The Center for Pastoral Education
The Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway
New York, New York 10027