Joel Alter

Director of Admissions, The JTS Rabbinical School and H. L. Miller Cantorial School

Phone: (212) 678-8818


Rabbi Joel Alter earned a BA in Jewish History from Columbia University, an MA from The Davidson School of Education, and rabbinic ordination from The Rabbinical School. Rabbi Alter previously served pluralistic day schools in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Boston over 16 years as a teacher, assistant head of school, and Rav Beit haSefer, and his work was enhanced by JTS’s Day School Leadership Training Institute and seminars at the Shalom Hartman Institute. In his current role, Rabbi Alter helps prospective students—often over a period of years—discern the path of their Jewish commitments and guides and encourages them to gain the experience they need to successfully enroll and embark on lives of sacred service.