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Why students love Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary

High Quality, Meaningful Learning

Two year program, requiring a time and educational commitment similar to a working professional’s MBA. Educational focus on practical rabbinics and the skills needed to be a 21st century rabbi

Multi-Denominational Smicha

The first and only online rabbinical program with education and smicha (ordination) by Orthodox, Reform, Conservative/Masorti and Independent rabbis and educators

Incubating Jewish Startups

Students come out of our program operating ground breaking Jewish projects in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. We provide the ideas, tools and mentors to make Jewish life amazing


Frequently Asked Questions


Is the program entirely online?

Yes. Students learn through a variety of online educational methods including live group learning, weekly independent study, online chat with their students and educators, and several other learning modes meant to provide an incredibly interactive program.

Is this smicha (ordination) valid?

Yes. Students learn from Conservative/Masorti, Reform and Post-Denominational rabbis who then act as the bet din for private smicha. While we seek to provide the best pluralistic education possible, we currently do not offer Orthodox ordination.
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What knowledge will I gain in this program?

Our program is not easy. Students study a core of advanced level classical and modern Hebrew, Tanakh, Talmud and rabbinical texts, history, liturgy, practical rabbinics, and other important subjects. Students also learn business and non-profit development, as well as interdisciplinary studies.

Meet the Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary Team


Rabbi Sandy Zisser
Founder & Director
Rabbi Joshua Cahan
Rabbi Fredda Cohen