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Kickstart your future as a Jewish leader today

The mission of the HUC-JIR Rabbinical School is to educate rabbis to serve the Reform Movement, the Jewish people, and humankind. Through rigorous academic and professional study, mentored professional experiences, and opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, the HUC-JIR Rabbinical School prepares rabbis to:

  • Engage in critical study of Jewish thought, tradition, culture, history, Hebrew language, and text;
  • Teach effectively people of all ages, across denominations and faiths;
  • Organize and lead inspiring Jewish worship services, and religious ceremonies;
  • Advocate and act for social justice;
  • Promote meaningful relationships with Israel and its cultural life;
  • Provide pastoral care and religious guidance;
  • Serve effectively as visionary leaders in their work and communities;
  • Be self-reflective in their personal practice, ritual observance and belief, and in fulfilling their professional commitments;
  • Act as informed spokespersons for Judaism and the Jewish people; and
  • Foster the vibrant development of the Reform Movement.