The Rabbinic Training Institute 2016

The Jewish Theological Seminary's 31st annual Rabbinic Training Institute (RTI) will be held Sunday, January 10, through Thursday, January 14, 2016, at the Pearlstone Center on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. The program begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and concludes at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.

For three decades, JTS's Rabbinic Training Institute has been the premier continuing education program for Conservative rabbis in the field. RTI brings participants to an off-site location for a week of intellectual, professional, personal, and spiritual growth. 

Each day of RTI includes:

  • Text study with leading scholars and thinkers
  • Professional development with expert consultants
  • Small groups for personal and spiritual reflection led by professional facilitators
  • Communal tefillah and meals
  • Free time for individual reflection and the cultivation of one-on-one connections
  • Plenty of opportunities for socializing, relaxation, and fun
  • The backdrop of a beautiful pastoral setting conducive to deep learning, relationship building, and temporarily letting go of the daily urgency of professional concerns

The faculty for RTI 2016 will include:

  • Mary Jo Barrett, Executive Director, Center for Contextual Change
  • Rabbi Aryeh Ben David, Director, Ayeka: Center for Soulful Jewish Education
  • Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS
  • Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor, JTS
  • Dr. Mona Fishbane, Clinical Psychologist, Chicago Center for Family Health
  • Rabbi Dr. David Hoffman, Vice Chancellor and Chief Advancement Officer, JTS
  • Natalie Hyatt, President, Leading Growth
  • Judy Klitsner, Senior Lecturer, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
  • Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson, Affiliated Assistant Professor, Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Devora Steinmetz, Faculty, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education
  • Rev. Douglas Tanner, Founder and Senior Advisor, The Faith & Politics Institute
  • Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Co-Director, Resetting the Table: Open Conversations on Israel, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Registration is $850 and is open to all Conservative rabbis. The cost covers:

  • Tuition
  • Double-occupancy room and board
  • Transportation between Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) airport and train stations and the Pearlstone Center
  • All study materials

Discounts are available:

  • Rabbis within five years of ordination are eligible for a 50% discount on all JTS continuing rabbinic education programs, thanks to the generosity of Michelle Kravtin Gary and Marc Gary, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer, JTS.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for female colleagues who are unable to attend RTI at full price, thanks to the generosity of Michelle Kravtin Gary and Marc Gary.  To apply, send a short statement of need to Rabbi Julia Andelman at
  • First-time RTI participants receive a $100 discount.
  • Please note, any given individual may benefit from no more than one of the discounts listed above.

Registration for RTI is now open at Space is limited!

For more information on RTI and/or scholarships, please contact Rabbi Julia Andelman, JTS director of Community Engagement, at (212) 678-8933 or