Application Part One includes a few simple questions about your contact information and educational background. Please read through all the application instructions and complete all elements of the application by the deadline for which you wish to apply (Round 1 or Round 2). If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
2. Preliminary Consultation
As part of your application process to becoming a rabbi at HUC-JIR, we require that you to speak with a professional in the Department of Recruitment and Admissions and/or one of the Directors of Rabbinical School. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better, for you to ask your questions and be sure now is the right time for you to apply to HUC-JIR. Email Rabbinical@huc.edu to set a date and time.
Good references come from individuals who know you well enough to give the Admissions Committee input on your candidacy and reflect on specific experiences you have had that make you a strong candidate. Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of your references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than four letters of reference. The individuals you list as references will receive an email from HUC Admissions informing them that you have requested they write a letter of reference on your behalf. It is recommended that you are in touch with your chosen references prior to filling out this online form to alert them that they will receive this emailed request.
Please allow each reference enough time (at least one month) to complete his or her letter of reference. If you wish to substitute, delete, or add references after you have submitted their names in the online Reference Letter Request Form, you must report this in writing to the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Two Academic References: College professors or instructors with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic references. If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain academic references from adult or informal education instructors.
One Judaic Reference: Of the remaining two references, HUC-JIR encourages you to submit a Judaic reference from a rabbi ordained by HUC-JIR.
One Professional Reference: In addition, please request a professional reference from a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer, preferably in a Jewish setting.
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, provides students the right to inspect their records. This includes letters of recommendation submitted in the application process. HUC-JIR carefully reviews all letters of reference. However, we find that letters written in confidence are most useful in assessing a candidate’s qualifications and promise. By using the Reference Letter Request Form, you are automatically waiving your right. Please contact email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Please request transcripts 60 days before the application deadline. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview.
Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following:
Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): All applicants with English proficiency are required to take the GRE General Test. When registering for the GRE, please use the school code number 1291, which directs the results to the National Office of Admissions and Recruitment on the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus. For GRE information, please see www.ets.org/gre.
We recommend that the test be taken at least four weeks before the application is due to allow time for the scores to be sent to HUC-JIR. Scores need to be received in order to schedule an interview. GRE scores are only valid for five years. Candidates with a prior degree from HUC-JIR, Ph.D. or Masters degree (post-Bachelor) from an accredited institution that required a GRE score for admission may be exempt from submitting a current GRE score. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a request to exempt from this requirement.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International applicants for whom English is not the first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in approximately 100 centers outside the United States. See the information available at: www.ets.org/toefl. Please note that the TOEFL exam is not a substitute for the GRE. The TOEFL school code for HUC-JIR is 1291.
You will receive access to Application Part Two within one business day of completing Application Part One. Part Two contains more in depth and program specific questions. Additionally you will upload your personal statement, essay and other supporting documents in this application. These documents should all be submitted as .pdf format with numbered pagers. All application materials must be received in order to schedule an interview. You will have the opportunity to give your interview preferences at the end of Application Part Two.
In no more than six double-spaced, typed and numbered pages, please respond to the following question: Why have you chosen to become a rabbi? Discuss your intellectual, religious and spiritual development as well as the life experiences that have led you to make this decision. In addition, in this personal statement, please reflect on at least one of the following:
Please respond to each of the following questions separately. Limit your response to the two questions to a total of six double-spaced, typed pages.
A standard C.V. or resume.
A simple portrait to help us recognize you when you visit and maintain our campus security.