JSLI aims at training and preparing liberal Rabbis to meet the needs of interfaith couples and unaffiliated Jews, who are largely ignored by other communities. Being trans-denominational, the institute believes in imparting knowledge of Judaism to students of all Jewish backgrounds and denominations.
A rabbi ordained through JSLI is not required to adhere to the dogma of any particular Jewish movement, but rather encouraged to continue to grow in his or her personal faith and to meet the needs of the communities in which they serve.
Rabbi Blane is a strong believer of Jewish Universalism, and the entire curriculum revolves around its seven key doctrines:
- The Holy Book of Torah is divinely inspired
- Jewish Universalism honors our Jewish teachings, traditions, texts and rituals, and seeks to repair the world through compassionate actions.
- There is one and only one god!
- Judaism is a continually developing spiritual practice
- One’s religion is not the single source of truth, and all paths to the divine are Holy in equal measures.
- People who follow the command to love their neighbors as they love themselves are the ‘chosen’ ones.
- Everyone is welcome to participate in Jewish worship and rituals.
According to Rabbi Blane, stepping a foot towards the path of divine is all about understanding that G-d is communicated, explained and established by ‘sacred myth’, which does not weaken Torah or the holiness of its writings.