Learning

The Jewish Theological Seminary has long nourished the religious and intellectual life of North American Jewry via its world-class library, outstanding faculty, and exceptional student body. Along with a wide variety of programs, public events, organizational and community outreach, and innovative resources designed to enhance learning through all available channels, JTS continues to fulfill its goal of providing first-rate, cutting-edge education and research.


    Explore the JTS Schools

    Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies (Undergraduate)
    List College prepares undergraduate students for responsible Jewish citizenship and leadership. Its dual-degree programs with Columbia University and Barnard College provide a rigorous education in the liberal arts and Jewish studies, and give List College graduates a decided advantage in their graduate school studies and future professions. Through residence hall and cocurricular activities that are informed by the perspectives of Judaism, List College also encourages students to synthesize their learning and living so that they are prepared to lead productive Jewish and secular lives in the larger world.

    William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education
    Becoming a Jewish educator is a sacred calling. At The Davidson School, the largest pluralistic school of Jewish education in the United States, we seek to enhance that calling through rigorous programs and personal attention to students’ religious and professional growth. Advanced areas of study and graduate degrees are also available to educators in the field.

    The Graduate School
    The largest graduate-level Jewish Studies school in North America, The Graduate School offers 15 areas of specialization; MA, DHL, and PhD degrees; and nonmatriculating options to those interested in pursuing advanced Jewish Studies.

    The Rabbinical School
    The Rabbinical School offers an intensive program of study, spiritual and personal growth, and leadership development that leads to rabbinic ordination and a career of service to the Jewish community. Courses at The Rabbinical School are led by a world-class faculty of esteemed scholars.

    H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music
    JTS’s cantorial schools are devoted to Jewish musical studies. They train select advanced students to become hazzanim (cantors) who offer congregational service or become teachers of Jewish music, choral directors, composers, or research scholars. The H. L. Miller Cantorial School awards the diploma of Hazzan, and the College of Jewish Music awards the master’s degree in Sacred Music.

    Outside the Classroom

    Student Life
    The Office of Student Life is here to enhance and enrich the personal, social, educational, and religious growth of JTS students and to create a welcoming, student-centered environment. The Student Life staff coordinates a wide variety of activities with an emphasis on creating community for students.

    The Institute for Jewish Learning at JTS
    The Institute for Jewish Learning reflects JTS's newly defined mission: the integration of rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with outreach initiatives to strengthen Jewish lives and Jewish communities throughout North America.

    JTS Podcasts
    With the wide range of lectures and programs we offer, JTS always has an interesting conversation going on. If you can’t join us in person, you can join our virtual community by downloading JTS lectures and weekly Torah commentary from iTunes, where they can be accessed 24/7, free of charge.

    Public Events

    Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies
    Since 1938, the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversation among diverse communities.

    The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary
    The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary is a resource unlike any other. Serving the students of JTS and scholars and researchers across the world, The Library is home to more than 400,000 volumes, making it the largest and most extensive collection of Hebraic and Judaic material in the western hemisphere.