Rabbinical School

About the JSLI Rabbinical School

JSLI is Postdenominational, meaning that students from all Jewish backgrounds- Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform- study with us.
Students come from all over the world. Our classes meet once a week online via a video conferencing application making it possible to see and hear and interact with one another. These sessions include prayer (Davennen), exploring the weekly Torah portion (Parasha) and discussing relevant rabbinic law (Halacha). This Hevrutah style of learning leads to a sense of community and strong bonds of friendship are created among each class.

Prior to each week’s sessions students access assignments and course materials online in order to prepare in advance for each topic.

Throughout the year, JSLI’s curriculum covers topics such as:

– Torah

– History

– Rabbinics

– Liturgy and Ritual

– Professional Development

In addition to all weekly course work students are also required to:

– Lead a Friday night Erev Shabbat Service

– Write a final dissertation

– Lead a presentation (Lunch and Learn) in an area of their expertise

We focus on meeting the needs of Jewish unaffiliated and interfaith families

JSLI’s Rabbinical School is very different among all Jewish seminaries in this way. While our lessons and study are based within traditional Judaism, we prepare our students to also meet the specific needs of the Interfaith. This group makes up more than 50% of the world’s Jewish population and at JSLI, training to meeting their needs comes from a practical and welcoming orientation.

Rabbinic Ordination

Once you’ve taken the program, you’ll participate in JSLI’s ordination ceremony to become a fully ordained rabbi – at which point you’ll receive your Semicha. This certificate certifies that you have demonstrated familiarity with our codes and texts and are empowered to serve as rabbi and teacher.

The Semicha is valid in all 50 states and will allow you to register with applicable city clerks to perform wedding ceremonies.

One Year to Semicha (Rabbinic Ordination)

JSLI, unlike any other Rabbinical program takes a student’s background into consideration. For many of our students, becoming a Rabbi is a life-long goal and they come to us with a lifetime of knowledge and experience. Some already serve as Cantors, Jewish educators and Jewish professionals. In addition, we view Rabbinic Ordination as another step in the continuation of lifelong learning.