Once a candidate is offered a place in The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary, he/she must consider the best way to achieve the level of proficiency required in Talmud, Bible, and Hebrew.
The Rabbinical School's Mekhinah program is specially designed to enable students to gain this background. A student who satisfactorily completes the program will have fulfilled the prerequisite entrance requirements for The Rabbinical School.
Mekhinah students need to place into HEB 2201 in order to begin the program. Entering students whose Hebrew placement is below this level will be required to attend a Hebrew-language program the summer before beginning formal course work in The Rabbinical School.
Candidates may also prepare in some other way through a program of study in Israel or on their own. It is advisable to consult with the director of Admissions when considering programs of study outside JTS.
Students who study in any program other than JTS's Mekhinah program are required to complete and pass all entrance examinations in order to enter year one of The Rabbinical School.
If candidates have any questions, they are encouraged to consult the director of Admissions or dean for guidance.
Mekhinah Talmud class with Rabbi Mayer Rabinowitz