A Message from the Dean

As the Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary, I am pleased to wish you bo'akhem l'shalom, a warm welcome. I congratulate you on your choice to pursue the rabbinate and a JTS education.

Preparing students of Torah for a lifetime of rabbinic leadership is our noble and challenging mission at The Rabbinical School. Since 1887, JTS has trained rabbis to serve the Jewish people as teachers, healers, and guardians of the covenant between God and Israel. During these years the Jewish people has experienced extraordinary changes. In order to inspire new generations of Jews to study and walk the Torah's path of holiness, today's rabbis require a fresh blend of classical and contemporary skills.

JTS has unique resources to offer rabbinical students: the largest Jewish Studies faculty and greatest Judaica library outside of Israel; synergy among four graduate schools; a lively beit midrash; the stimulating environment of Manhattan's Upper West Side; an international network of congregations, schools, and camps for field education and job placement; and a tradition of excellence in both the academic and professional training of rabbis. Our curriculum builds upon these strengths, but configures the course of studies to better achieve the cumulative construction of skills, allow exposure to new areas of rabbinic study, facilitate integration of academic and professional skills, and support the development of rabbinic leaders with expertise and vision to lead the Jewish people. Our ultimate goal is for the rabbis we ordain to bring the light of Torah into the world; creating sacred centers of Jewish life; igniting passion for living Judaism; teaching the mitzvot; and realizing the Jewish ideals of truth, justice, and peace in society.

You have chosen a great moment to join our learning community. Hatzlacha rabba: may you know great success as you embark on this journey with us. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or Rabbi Joel Alter, our director of Admissions.

Shalom u'vrakha,

Rabbi Daniel Nevins

Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and
Dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, JTS

The Rabbinical School
Jewish Theological Seminary
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New York, NY 10027
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Rabbi Daniel Nevins