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Become a Rabbi

Our Program

In a complicated world, as patterns of Jewish identification and involvement shift and institutions and values are called into question, we need courageous and authentic spiritual leaders to serve and guide us.

The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College is uniquely positioned to prepare Jewish leaders for the 21st century. Founded in 2003 with ten students, today we are thriving as the largest non-Orthodox Rabbinical school campus in the country with 75 students and 185 alumni serving all around the globe. Within Hebrew College’s vibrant pluralistic community, our rabbinical students:

 


The Center of Learning, Community & Prayer

students in beit midrashThe Beit Midrash, or study center, is the heart of the Rabbinical School. It is a place of engagement — with Jewish tradition, with one another, with ourselves. We gather in the Beit Midrash to study together, engage in communal prayer and celebration, and share the rhythms of the Jewish year and of one another’s lives. Our students and faculty call this sacred space their second home and see themselves as a community — both within and beyond the walls of the classroom and the Beit Midrash.

Talmud Torah: Learning

Using ancient books and modern laptops, students in the Beit Midrash immerse themselves in sacred texts, developing the skills and habits to make engagement with our inherited tradition a part of their lives in school and beyond. All questions are welcome as students seek wisdom that will help them on their path toward an authentic personal expression of Judaism — and the ability to lead others on this journey as well.

Kehillah: Community

Supporting one another and nurturing a vibrant community is key to the Hebrew College experience and approach. In our diverse community, students and faculty learn with and from each other, supporting each other as we each seek our own path within Jewish tradition. Students cultivate the habits of heart and mind to meet fellow students and future congregants where they are and help them grow. Learn more about our community.

Tefillah: Prayer

In this spacious, light-filled room, we begin each day with vibrant tefillah that is both rooted in Jewish tradition and brimming with innovation. Students learn to tend to their own n’shamot (souls), cultivating Judaism as a spiritual practice, so they can sustain themselves as spiritual leaders and authentically guide others.

jewish woman smiling

“At the beginning, [my hevruta/study partner and I] would sit in a café and drill one another on verb forms. Now we try to wrap our heads together around the complicated logic of the Rishonim (commentators on the Talmud). Along the way, we have run a minyan together, worked together as activists on justice issues, collaborated on creative life-cycle events, and witnessed one another’s struggles, losses and joys. Being in this kind of long-term relationship makes our Torah learning thick and complex. It means we are having many conversations at once, over the course of years, and growing into rabbis with the resource of friendship, allyship, and hevruta.”

— Rabbi Mónica Gomery`17

Nurturing the Heart, Mind and Soul

Hebrew College rabbinical students are encouraged to cultivate a personally nourishing and sustaining spiritual practice that is rooted in Jewish tradition. For us, this is the basis of being a spiritual guide and companion for others.

Our dynamic, meaningful prayer community welcomes and encourages engagement with traditional Jewish liturgy and prayer forms, as well as experimentation and creativity.

Some mornings, our shacharit (morning prayer service) includes a full, traditional liturgy. Other mornings, it is an innovative take on Jewish prayer, experimenting with liturgy, music, silence and/or movement.

Based on prayer goals and interests, students form smaller “tefillah groups” that both pray together and meet weekly to reflect on their practice. Examples of those groups include: Catharsis Minyan, Full Liturgy Minyan, Contemplative Minyan, Movement Minyan, and many more.

Our tefillah program is truly a communal endeavor that supports the cultivation of each student’s practice and prepares students to lead others into prayer.

In our program, we guide you through an educational journey to becoming a rabbi and give you the space to shape the program to your needs and interests.

Partnerships

Lehrhaus: A Jewish Tavern & House of Learning

Hebrew College is proud to partner with Lehrhaus, a hub of Jewish learning and living right here in Somerville, MA. Our faculty and students are among the many wonderful educators teaching classes and hosting events at Lehrhaus. You will also find Hebrew College students serving as rabbinic interns and supporting others in their learning in this innovative Jewish space. Hebrew College students and faculty also enjoy free membership to learn, work, and collaborate in Lehrhaus’ beautiful Beit Midrash during daytime hours.


mmiddlebury language-schools-logoMiddlebury language schools

Hebrew College is joining in a new strategic partnership with Middlebury School of Hebrew, in summer 2024 which will provide a significant opportunity for incoming ordination students to enhance their Hebrew language skills. This collaboration will allow new rabbinical students to access an unparalleled immersive learning experience during the summer before they begin their studies in Newton. The School of Hebrew is a constituent of the Middlebury Language Schools, one of the foremost language learning programs in the United States. Learn more.


naropa university

Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership partners with Naropa University on programming and events. The birthplace of the modern mindfulness movement, Naropa University is challenging mainstream higher education by inviting the whole student—mind, body, and spirit—to show up in the classroom.  Learn more.


Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem immerses students in the study of classical Jewish texts. Men and women of diverse religious backgrounds learn together in a rigorous, challenging and open-minded environment. Hebrew College and the Pardes Institute offer a two-year, pluralistic graduate degree program that leads to a Master of Jewish Education and Certificate in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College and a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute.

> Read the press release


BTI-logoBoston Theological Interreligious (BTI) Consortium

Hebrew College is proud to be a member of the Boston Theological Interreligious (BTI) Consortium. Through this consortium, Hebrew College students have access to the resources of theological schools and seminaries throughout the greater Boston area and some of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions. You can learn more about the BTI and see a full list of course offerings. Students who choose can also receive a certificate in Interreligious Leadership while they pursue their rabbinic or cantorial students.


Beit T’Shuvah

beit teshuvah logoWe are grateful to partner with Beit T’shuvah to teach a course for Hebrew College rabbinical students on Jewish pastoral care for those struggling with addiction and recovery.


BASE Boston logoMoishe House/Base Movement

Hebrew College and Moishe House (which runs BASE), are partnering to provide opportunities for rabbinical students in the Boston area to train in BASE’s relational model of engagement. Through this partnership, students will have the opportunity to intern and live in Moishe House, and work for a BASE as they prepare for career opportunities as a BASE rabbi upon ordination.


svara_logoSVARA

Hebrew College joins with SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva to transform how, where, and why rabbis teach Talmud. Hebrew College will offer a fellowship to current rabbinical students and alumni beginning in Academic Year 2021-22, helping them strengthen the ways in which they teach Torah in their communities. Fellows will participate in an intensive training module with Rabbi Lappe to turn their theoretical study of Talmud pedagogy into the skills of teaching, as well as a semester-long study of Talmud pedagogy with Rabbi Dr. Kanarek. Fellows will then teach Talmud classes under the supervision and guidance of Rabbi Lappe and Rabbi Dr. Kanarek, drawing on the pedagogies and skills they have gained in the program.

>> Read the press release


Pardes Educators Program

Students can apply to start their Rabbinical School experience by participating in the Pardes Educators Program, a two-year program in Jerusalem that combines intensive text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies with a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Participation in this program fulfills one year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew College and students then enter Hebrew College in Shanah Bet.

Graduates of Pardes Educators-Rabbinical School of Hebrew College joint program earn a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College’s Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and a Masters of Jewish Studies and Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College. Upon completion of rabbinical school, students who participated in PEP will then fulfill their requirement to work for at least three years in a Jewish day school in North America.

Applicants must be accepted by both Pardes and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College to participate. Tuition for this program is subsidized.


Master of Jewish Education

Students can choose to do a Masters in Jewish Education through MaTaRoT: Hebrew College’s Center for Professional Learning & Leadership. Learn more here.


Part-Time Option

The Rabbinical School is generally a full-time program; however, students can choose to spend semesters or years taking classes part-time. While attending part-time will extend the length of time of the program, it is a useful option for students who need greater schedule flexibility.

On Torah

torah scroll

In Jewish tradition, when we immerse in Torah, bringing our lives to Torah and Torah to our lives, we participate in the ancient and enduring conversation of the Jewish people and continue to reveal Torah.

Watch, listen and read the words of Torah emerging from the students, faculty and alumni of our school. May they draw you more deeply into sensitive listening, probing questioning and humble speaking of Torah and Jewish living.

On the Parasha

On Holidays

Watch and listen to holiday kavanot in :60 by our rabbinical students here.

On Music


Prayer Leadership and Music

Hebrew College 2014 graduates Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, formerly of The Kitchen and now Rosh Tefilla and Artist-in-Residence at Hebrew College, and Rabbi David Fainsilber, rabbi at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, infuse music into everything they do as prayer leaders.

 


Contact Admissions

Rabbi Gita Karasov
Director of Admissions and Student Life
gkarasov@hebrewcollege.edu

(Top photo by Rabbinical Student Dena Trugman for the All Genders Wrap video Project.)

President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

“Spiritual practice, study, and prayer are seen as an integral part of the search for social justice. Reflection and activism, compassion and courage, presence and purpose; all of these qualities and capacities must go hand in hand for rabbis who seek to address injustice and inspire meaningful change in our society and in our world.”