Admissions and Fees

ADMISSIONS AND FEES

 

JSLI welcomes you and views your life experience as a unique opportunity to enrich all of us. Our students come to us with varying skill sets and life experiences, although all applicants MUST be able to read Siddur Hebrew and additional requirements as set forth below.

Our curriculum is advanced, concise and based on the needs of our students and Jewish communities. In other words, we offer a focused and practical response to training rabbis for the modern Rabbinate and each weekly module of study at JSLI correlates to a semester of study at a mainstream seminary.

To ensure that all of our students meet our entrance requirements (and these include a knowledge of Jewish history, Jewish texts, Shabbat, Jewish Festivals, the High Holidays, rituals and life cycles), upon review of your application, we will contact you to  schedule an interview (see below for more on this).  During the interview we will be able to tell you if you need to complete extra Jewish learning before becoming a Rabbinical or Cantorial School student at JSLI.

As ongoing spiritual work is an integral part of the program of study, completion of JSLI’s curriculum must be understood to be a beginning, not an end, of lifetime study.

 

Requirements for admittance:

 

You must be committed to a life of personal spiritual development and service to humanity

 

You Must be Supportive of Interfaith Marriages

Jews who have married non-Jews make up a large proportion of the Jewish population, yet they are largely ignored by Jewish organizations. JSLI is different: we teach our students to minister to and focus on the needs of the Jewish interfaith (as well as the needs of the Jewish unaffiliated). Therefore it is a core requirement that you are supportive of interfaith marriages.

 

You must prepare for and attend weekly classes

Your time commitment to JSLI as a Rabbinical School Student is dependent upon you. Completing the coursework in preparation for attending class might take a student anywhere between four to eight hours per week.

We meet weekly as a study group (havurah) via video conference (contact us to find out which day). Each class is approximately 2 ½ hours long.

During online classes, the Rabbi who is teaching the course will make a presentation on the topic, engage in interactive discussion and help to expand our vision of modern Judaism and the history, scholarship and rituals that created and sustained it.

The topics we focus on are taken from our curriculum.

If you must miss a class, you are required to view a recording of the session and submit a synopsis.

 

For each class, you must write a D’var Torah on the portion of the week

Students are required to study weekly Torah portions and present Divrey Torah at each class session as either scholarly interpretations (drashot) or as sermons.

 

Your Commitment to Learning Outside of JSLI

We expect you to attend weekly services at Jewish houses of worship, as well as occasional services at non-Jewish houses of worship (as a greater understanding of the modern world’s faiths is intrinsic to your development as a modern spiritual leader). Sim Shalom, our affiliated online synagogue, offers daily online services.

 

When to Enroll

The Rabbinical School program consists of two semesters – one beginning in September and the other beginning in January.

 

How to Enroll

Visit the Apply Online page.

 

The Enrollment Process

After you have applied online we will arrange an interview with our Founder and Dean, Rabbi Steven Blane.

There are additional enrollment requirements (including agreeing to abide by (JSLI’s Code of Ethics) and paper work.

 

Fees to Enroll

Our tuition is only a fraction of the amount you would spend at a traditional seminary.

JSLI- Begin Study January 2020

Become Ordained as Rabbi in January 2020

Non Refundable Registration fee: $200

Full and Complete Tuition: $14,750  This is the full tuition and includes two full semesters leading to S’micha January 2020. Payment Plans are available.

Ordination Weekend/Shabbaton Fees included.

Please note: There are additional fees for required texts and travel to the ordination weekend (Dates t/b/a in Delray Beach, Florida).

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Payment Plans are available. Call to discuss.

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JSLI- Begin September 2020

Become Ordained as Rabbi in July 2020

Non Refundable Registration fee: $200

Full and Complete Tuition: $15,250 This is the full tuition and includes two full semesters leading to S’micha July 2020. Payment Plans are available.

Ordination Weekend/Shabbaton Fees for accommodations and meals for the student are included.

Class meets on Weds. nights beginning Sept. 9, 2020

Please note: There are additional fees for required texts and travel to the ordination weekend in Stony Point, NY or Delray Beach, Fla.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Payment Plans are available. Call to discuss.

 

APPLICATION FEE AND TUITION PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD