Bruchim Ha'baim! Arriving at this webpage represents a significant "click" forward in your Jewish journey.
The decision to study for the rabbinate is a serious one, but one that holds great excitement and opportunity. The chance to serve the Jewish community in such a rapidly changing environment is a thrilling and sacred task, and we at JTS are eager to help prepare you. Our world-class faculty, engaging students, and New York City location will all add to the depth and breadth of your rabbinic training.
On the pages below, you will find the information that you need to apply for admission to The Rabbinical School. Feel free to call with any questions you may have or simply to say hello and introduce yourself.
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We encourage you to learn more about The Rabbinical School and welcome inquiries from Jews of all ages.
Preliminary discussions with potential candidates are a required part of the application process. It is best if these conversations with the director of admissions take place at least six months to one year before applying to The Rabbinical School.
Contact us at (212) 678-8817 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your preliminary discussion.
Basic Academic Criteria:
We recommend a strong liberal arts background for prospective students: the study of history, philosophy, religion, literature, and the social or natural sciences can be excellent preparation for rabbinical school. Previous academic achievement is one of the most important criterion for admission, since scholarly ability is essential for the rabbinate.
Basic Personal Criteria:
The Rabbinical School recognizes that prospective candidates may be at different points in their religious and spiritual journeys. The following list of religious commitments is an ideal. We hope that all of our students will achieve these goals over the course of the program.
At the time of application, candidates must demonstrate that they are growing into these observances. We recognize that religious growth is not necessarily a linear progression. We hope to provide a safe space for students as they grow more Jewishly observant.
Students have the opportunity to expand and tailor their learning experience by crafting individualized study tracks at JTS and neighboring institutions, including Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, and Teachers College.
Students earn a master of arts degree as part of The Rabbinical School program, and those interested in PhD, DHL, EdD, or MA programs are required to apply to The Graduate School, the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, or the H. L. Miller Cantorial School. Credits earned in The Rabbinical School may be applied toward these degrees.
Kerrith Solomon, Ethan Witkovsky, and Charles Schwartz in The Library of The Jewish Thological Seminary