We believe that the future of the rabbinate is the ability for rabbis to build and run their own Jewish projects. With the changing demographics of the Jewish community, as well as globalization and technological progress comes the great opportunity for clergy not only to be leaders but to be innovators.
Our goal is to launch along with every rabbinical student those new ideas that will dramatically improve Jewish life worldwide.
In that spirit, PRS offers alongside its academic offerings this two-year learning, doing and reflecting experience. We mentor students through the process of developing their Jewish projects, be they non-profit, for profit, artistic, commercial or technological in nature. Through online courses, curated videos, reading and podcasts, mentorship and more, we help students turn their passions into projects, and projects into realities.
The launch of each student’s project acts as the thesis of their rabbinical learning. PRS then continues its relationship with past students to help them continue to grow their projects to their maturity.
A first-hand take on what makes the innovation program special
Learning: Innovation Courses
The Innovation Program integrates core topics including…
- Introduction to Innovation
- Idea Development & Testing
- Marketing and Sales Essentials
- Pitch Practice: Homelitics For Business
- Essentials of Revenue Generation and Finance
- Basics of Administration & Team Building
- Web and Technology For Jewish Professionals
- Independent Study & Final Project Mentorship
Doing: Building Your Jewish Project
The knowledge gained from the Innovation Program courses will inevitably help students iterate and optimize their projects. While our academic learning focuses heavily on writing papers and test taking, the Innovation Program encourages students to take their learning public by building their projects for the world to see. Through successes as well as failing their way forward, students will gain the confidence to manage their for profit and non-profit projects in the future.
Reflect: Working With Your Mentor
While the courses within Innovation are standardized, the mentorship provided alongside the development of student projects and the programmed learning turns the abstract concepts of idea creation and implementation into practical decisions for students’ projects.
Rabbi Patrick Beaulier serves as mentor to the PRS Innovation Program students.
About Your Mentor
Rabbi Patrick Beaulier
Rabbi Patrick Beaulier is the founder and executive director of PunkTorah Inc, a series of Jewish educational websites. With over a decade of experience in the Jewish nonprofit world and fifteen total years in marketing and sales in a variety of industries, Rabbi Patrick understands what it means to be a spiritual entrepreneur.
Rabbi Patrick has served as a synagogue rabbi, traveled America on speaking tours, been featured in CNN.com, Times of Israel, Washington Jewish Week and more.
He spent his undergrad studying business administration at City University of Seattle and later received his smicha from Rabbinical Seminary International after learning from Conservative rabbis.