M.A. in Religious Education / M.A. in Jewish Studies in New York

Question what is. Imagine what can be.

The New York School of Education is a center of innovation for Jewish life and learning. Together, our students and faculty create a community that offers a meaningful and powerful Jewish educational experience. Our programs provide the field’s most rigorous course of study into Jewish traditions combined with an emphasis on individual exploration. Because of our rich Judaica component, you will also earn a Masters of Arts in Jewish studies simultaneously--the only program of its kind to prepare graduates with equal depth in both both Judaica and educational leadership. In other words, this is the place to help write the future empowered with a strong foundation in the past.

As a student at the New York School of Education, you will become a catalyst of transformation in the creation of vibrant Jewish learning for learners around the world. You will join a learning community dedicated to developing Jewish educational leaders who will transmit the sustaining values, responsibilities, and texts of our tradition and apply them to contemporary life.

We apply the open and pluralistic spirit of the Reform Movement to the study of the great issues of Jewish life and thought and advance the critical study of Jewish education and related disciplines in accordance with the highest standards of modern academic scholarship. Our three-year Master’s program sends students first to Jerusalem and then on to New York where they will build the skills and wisdom they need to be leaders in the vibrant and growing field of Jewish Education.

Our students’ studies culminate in positions on the leading edge of education in Jewish cultural institutions, schools, summer camps and study abroad programs. Our graduates empower their communities to strengthen and celebrate Jewish life and to commit to tikkun olam – the revered tradition of service to the world.

 

We are committed to inspire our graduates to:

  • Be visionary leaders for the Reform Movement and the Jewish people
  • Articulate a personal commitment to God, Torah, and Israel
  • Speak and understand a Jewish language
  • Successfully adapt best practices in education in order to translate Jewish knowledge into meaningful learning
  • Develop and implement Jewish curriculum that integrate the head, heart, and hand within a community
  • Understand and care for their learners, their colleagues, and themselves
  • Are critically reflective practitioners who can translate theory into practice
  • Balance tradition and innovation in order to respond to the changing needs of individuals and organizations
  • Be capable organizational managers who cultivate collaborative relationships with lay leaders and professionals within and between organizations
  • Are lifelong learners with a solid foundation in classical and contemporary Jewish studies who inspire and facilitate others to become lifelong learners.