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From the Dean

Welcome to the New York campus!

The New York campus is an extraordinary community of scholars, students and staff dedicated to providing an outstanding education for Jewish religious leaders.  We are blessed to live in the world’s largest Jewish community outside Israel, and to be able to utilize the exceptional resources of this community in every aspect of the education we provide. In the classroom, our students engage with world-class scholars who bring a breadth of Jewish perspectives and represent klal yisrael in the broadest sense. Beyond the classroom, the great city and metropolitan Jewish community in which we live which serves as a laboratory for our students’ learning. Beginning with our weekly student-run Soup Kitchen and extending far beyond, we engage deeply with the vibrant world around us.

We are a graduate school: The New York campus is home to the Rabbinical Program, the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, the New York School of Education, and programs leading to the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts in Judaic Studies, and Doctor of Hebrew Letters degrees.  Through our consortium agreements, students can also take courses and utilize the libraries at New York University as well as the Jewish Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and several other seminaries.

We are a professional school: Our faculty include New York’s leading rabbis, cantors and educators who share their professional expertise in and out of the classroom every week, driven by a passion for our mission. With so many opportunities for fieldwork (in synagogues, universities, hospitals, national organizations, and more), our students can selectively explore a wide variety of possibilities as they prepare for their careers. Through opportunities like the Tisch Fellows Program and the Be Wise Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, they can augment their studies with additional funding and skills training that will help them become better leaders.

We are a seminary: We take seriously our mandate to foster our students’ religious growth. Using our Chapel as a laboratory, our rabbinical and cantorial students work closely with faculty and one another to cultivate a depth of experience in prayer, and to provide meaningful liturgical worship for our entire community.  Through the Spirituality Initiative of the New York School, all students are able to receive spiritual direction with trained professionals, and through classes, retreats and other experiences, to develop a broad range of spiritual practices, including prayer and much more, that will sustain them and help them to live in meaningful relationship with God.

We invite you to visit: If you are interested in a life of service to the Jewish people, and to drawing from Jewish tradition to repair the world around us, please consider joining us.

In peace,

Rabbi Shirley Idelson