Continuing and Professional Education Opportunities

The Rabbinic Training Institute

For the past twenty-three years, JTS has been offering this program of continuing rabbinic education for rabbis in the field. Each year at full capacity, the Rabbinic Training Institute accommodates sixty Conservative rabbis at a remote location for a week of professional and personal growth. Its purpose is to provide serious learning with world-renowned scholars, focus on practical skills in a developing rabbinate, and engage the rabbis in smaller evening groups to discuss the spiritual issues that face practicing rabbis.

The Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Enrichment Initiative

The Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Enrichment Initiative is a new program of continuing rabbinic education open to congregational rabbis who are in evolving positions of leadership after eight to fifteen years in the rabbinate and require further skills development. The program is limited to eighteen rabbis. Support for the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Enrichment Initiative has been generously provided by the Legacy Heritage Fund Limited.

Day School Leadership Training Institute

The Jewish Theological Seminary established the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) with support from AVI CHAI to address the demand for exemplary leadership in the expanding day school movement. The program has produced a national network of graduates who are serving in senior leadership positions in Conservative, Reform, and community day schools.

The institute is an innovative, fourteen-month program that prepares educators to work creatively and collaboratively to address the challenges of Jewish day schools. The curriculum is designed to ensure that fellows acquire knowledge, skills, and experience in those areas most critical to day school headship success. It is delivered by expert educational practitioners, who are themselves outstanding day school heads. The expectation is that all fellows will follow a career path in which they will become heads of Jewish day schools within the next five years.

Leadership Institute For Congregational School Educators

The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators offers congregational school educators the opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a new vision for school leadership. This two-and-a-half-year program addresses many essential issues of Jewish educational leadership and is open to candidates from all denominations in the New York, Long Island, Westchester, and greater metropolitan area, extending to New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The Leadership Institute is a joint program of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and The Jewish Theological Seminary, and is fully funded by UJA-Federation of New York.