Pre Rabbinic Study

Pre-Rabbinic Study (Mechina)

Learn or enhance the skills you will need to enter our JSLI Rabbinical School.

JSLI now offers rolling admittance (you may start at any time) to our JSLI Pre-Rabbinical Study Program for those who aspire to the Rabbinate and admittance to JSLI.

There is the desire among many with limited skills to serve the Jewish community as Rabbis and Cantors. We are pleased to introduce a “Mechina” (Preparatory) course of study- in the form of Eight Units- for those who need to enhance their skill-sets and meet the challenges of JSLI’s Rabbinical Program.

Upon acceptance to our Pre-Rabbinic Program, eight “Units” may be purchased online for $250 PER UNIT. You may study online, at your own pace and upon successful completion of  each Unit, you may proceed to the next one.

In our Pre-Rabbinic study program, you will join in monthly online Master Classes with our JSLI Rabbis who encourage and guide you in your journey.

It is possible to complete your Pre-Rabbinical Study Program in one year.

There are eight modules of study:

1. Intro to Judaism, Torah, N’veim, K’tuvim, Talmud and Sacred Texts
2. Leading Jewish Prayer Services
3. Jewish Traditions and Symbols
4. Lifecycles
5. Jewish History and Culture
6. Shabbat Rituals and Prayers
7. High Holidays
8. Festivals and Other Minor Holidays

Fees and Tuition

Upon acceptance to our Pre-Rabbinical Study Program, a $500 Admittance fee is required.

The tuition for each Unit of study is $250. There are 8 Units, so the total tuition (including the Admittance Fee) for the JSLI Pre-Rabbinical Study program is $2500.  There are additional costs for books needed.

Upon completion of this course of study and successful interview with the Dean of JSLI, you may apply to be admitted to the JSLI Rabbinical or Cantorial School.  Upon granting of admission, half of the Pre-Rabbinic Study Fees ($1250) will be applied to JSLI’s total Rabbinical School Tuition.


At present,  130 JSLI Rabbis and 2 Cantors are sharing the joys of pluralistic Judaism around the world. Now, you too can realize the dream of your calling to minister to members of the Jewish Community around the world who are searching for you!