HUC-JIR provides a program leading to rabbinical ordination for Israeli students.
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Academic Requirements for Acceptance into the Program
Admission to the program is restricted to Israeli citizens who
have completed their military service. Applicants must possess a
Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited university, and have
been officially admitted by an Israeli university as an M.A. candidate
in one of their departments of Jewish Studies. Students enrolling
since 2000-2001 are required to fulfill M.A. requirements at an
accredited Israeli university in a field of Jewish studies and to
complete the complete academic and professional requirements at
the College-Institute as described above.
Formal application for admission includes:
1. Academic records, standard psychological and competency examinations
as determined by the faculty, letters of recommendation, an essay
on the applicant's motivation, goals, etc.
2. An interview by an admissions committee to explore the candidate's
intellectual and spiritual potential and capacity for leadership
Course of Study
The optimum period of study is four years. In no case will a student
study for less than five semesters or more than fourteen semesters.
The Program comprises three sections:
1. Professional and Spiritual Development
The College-Institute requires its Israel rabbinical students
to complete a number of course requirements in areas relating to
professional and spiritual development: Liturgy Workshop, Pastoral
Counseling, Introduction to Community Work, Communication Skills,
etc. Furthermore, students are required to engage in study of traditional
texts beyond the formal requirements of the M.A.H.L. Program. Students
are also required to serve congregations and institutions of Progressive
Judaism in Israel under professional supervision during their years
2. Academic Specialization
In order to gain expertise in at least one discipline of Jewish
Studies, students are required to enroll for a course of advanced
studies at an Israeli university parallel to their studies at the
College-Institute. It is preferred that students complete an additional
M.A., although in certain cases an alternative arrangement may be
approved by the academic advisors at the College-Institute.
For more information, please see the Academic
Program for Advanced Students
Advanced students of the College-Institute who choose to spend
a year studying in Jerusalem may enroll in elective courses in Bible,
modern Hebrew language and literature, Talmud, Midrash, archaeology,
and ancient Near Eastern history. Arrangements have been made with
Hebrew University to enable such students to attend courses offered
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