Center for Pastoral Education

The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary was established in 2009 with the goal of teaching Jewish and non-Jewish seminary students, rabbis, and ordained clergy of all faiths the art of pastoral care.

Students who are interested in preparing themselves for the world of professional chaplaincy will be in an excellent position to become leaders in the field. Students who wish to become clergy or religious professionals in agencies or schools will have the in-depth pastoral training to serve the needs of their congregants, clients, and students on a very high level and with expertise in the rich pastoral resources of Judaism.

Studies at the center combine rigorous academic courses with the transformative learning process of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE, the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS gives students experience at day-treatment programs for the mentally ill, nursing homes, hospitals, senior housing, hospices, and congregations.

The work of the center is possible thanks to the generous funding of the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Booth Ferris Foundation.

Learn More About CPE:

•  Programs
•  Courses
•  Military Chaplaincy
•  Specific Information for JTS Students
•  Events and Workshops
•  Staff and Faculty

The Center in the News
  Read the article "Pastoral Education Edges into Mainstream," published in the Jewish Week.
  Watch "'The Stranger at Our Gates': Jewish Perspectives on Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary America," a panel with Rabbi Saul J. Berman, Suzanne L. Stone, and Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky

Professional Associations
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
•  National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC)
•  Association of Professional Chaplains

The work of the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS is made possible thanks to generous funding by:

The program benefits from the creative partnership of JTS and the following institutions:

To support the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS, please contact Rabbi Ute Steyer at or (212) 678-8807.