The Year-in-Israel program is mandatory for all first-year rabbinical, cantorial, MARE, and MAJE students. Matriculation into the Year-In-Israel program is conditioned upon passing a Hebrew language competency examination. The program begins in early July and culminates in May of the following year.
Studies are full time with classroom study 5 days a week, Sun thorough Thursday, divided between core courses, professional courses and a weekly First Year Seminar. Other requirements include tefillah, inquiry groups, field study trips, a mid-year colloquium, and community service project.
Rabbinic, MARE, and MAJE:
MARE and MAJE:
First Year Seminar - Israeli Society: Its multiple voices and search for solidarity: For one day a week, Israel is the classroom, as students explore aspects of Judaism and the Jewish State as part of the Richard J. Scheuer Seminar. Some days studies take place on campus and many others there are site visits of various kinds. Learning techniques include text study sessions, film, independent research and more. Two of the extended field study trips are part of the wider course. Requirements include two research papers and active participation. Sessions tend to run from 8:30am until 4:00pm throughout the year. Subjects include Religion and State, Life Cycle and Zionism.
The Mandel Initiative for Visionary Leadership provides structured opportunities in the curriculum for students to integrate their academic and clinical learning in a more meaningful way and to build on that integration in shaping their personal Jewish identities and their professional aspirations. During the Year-in-Israel, the focus is on Israel and Jewish Peoplehood, reflecting the centrality of those ideas and ideals in the learning and experiences of students spending their first year of studies in Israel.