Prospective students must meet the following prior to entering our program:
- A bachelor of arts or sciences from an accredited institution of higher education or equivalent education and work experience
- The equivalent mastery of two years of classical and modern Hebrew (prospective students can learn more on our Hebrew learning page and take the free Hebrew practice exam by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that this is not a test of admissions, but merely a way for you to think about Hebrew and a way for us to help you gain the skills you need
- The equivalent mastery of two years of Tanakh and Jewish history
- A working understanding of Talmud/Halacha as it pertains to daily life, lifecycle and holidays
- Knowledge of the structure and practice of the siddur and machzor
- Some knowledge, even if limited, of Jewish philosophy, thinkers, and mysticism
- Five or more years experience professionally or as a volunteer in Jewish communal life such as synagogues, JCC, Federation, Jewish non-profits, etc.
- Three professional and/or academic recommendations (in .pdf form)
- An idea for a project (non-profit or for-profit) that will dramatically improve Jewish life
We accept students who are Jewish by either mother, father or through conversion. We also accept LGBTQ students as well as students who are in interfaith relationships. We do not accept non-Jews or people involved with Jews For Jesus, Messianic Judaism or similar.
Admissions Application, Vetting, Interview, and Testing Process
Students can learn about the process of applying for PRS on our application process page.
Important Considerations For Prospective Students
Our rabbinical program is focused on helping create future Jewish leaders for future Jewish communities and organizations. There are many options for rabbinical education and we would encourage students seeking more traditional careers in synagogues and similar organizations to attend more traditional rabbinical schools.
Our program is only successful if students are actively engaged. Students who fail to participate fully in their courses will be excused from the program with no refund. While we have designed our program with working students in mind, please give serious thought to your ability to participate in our program prior to applying.
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