Pre Rabbinic Study

Pre-Rabbinic Study (Mechina)

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

This fall (Beginning in early October) join a newly forming class of 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 $350 PER UNIT. You will study online, with a group of like minded individuals seeking to fulfill a passion.

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

In addition to the coursework and online meetings you will need to attend synagogue weekly, write a paper and work on leading services. This course is not a simplistic way to enhance your skills and knowledge.  It will require diligence and determination on your part.  JSLI will not teach you to read liturgical Hebrew.  Your desire to become a Rabbi will need to drive your learning and journey.

It is possible to complete your Pre-Rabbinical Study Program in one year but may require additional time for those who are not quite ready.

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 $200 Admittance fee is required.

The tuition for each Unit of study is $350. There are 8 Units, so the total tuition (including the Admittance Fee) for the JSLI Pre-Rabbinical Study program is $3000.  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.*


At present,  139 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!

*Please note, completion of the Mechina program does not guarantee admission into the Rabbinic or Cantorial programs.