Professor Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, today announced that The Rabbinical School has adopted a new curriculum distinguished by great depth and specialization in the academic and professional disciplines necessary for rabbinic leadership in the twenty-first century.
The creation of this new course of study fulfills a pledge made by Chancellor Eisen in his inaugural address last September, in which he announced the first major task the faculty would undertake under his leadership was a curricular review of the rabbinical and cantorial schools.
“JTS has a tradition of excellence in both the academic and professional training of rabbis. This curriculum builds upon existing strengths while engaging our students in the shifting realities of the religious, sociological, and technological contexts of North America and Israel. It will provide new tools for a successful rabbinate. Our ultimate goal is for the rabbis we ordain to bring the light of Torah into the world, creating sacred centers of Jewish life, teaching the mitzvot, and realizing the Jewish ideals of truth, justice, and peace in society,” stated Chancellor Eisen.
The curriculum was designed by a faculty committee co-chaired by Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Pearl Resnick dean of The Rabbinical School, and Dr. Barry Holtz, Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education and the incoming dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, with substantial input by the faculty, administration, current students, alumni, and Advisory Board of The Rabbinical School.
Highlights of the new curriculum include:
The curriculum review of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music is currently underway. Further information about the cantorial program is available by calling (212) 678-8037.
Further information about The Rabbinical School is available by calling (212) 678-8817.