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Welcome to the New York campus!

The New York campus is an extraordinary community of scholars, students, and staff creating a supportive and challenging learning environment where students grow into Jewish religious leaders.  We are blessed to live in the world’s largest Jewish community outside Israel, using the exceptional resources of this community in every aspect of our education. In the classroom, our students engage with world-class scholars who bring a breadth of Jewish perspectives. Beyond the classroom, our great city and region serves as a laboratory for our students’ learning. Students work and engage at a diversity of synagogues and other institutions, and feed hungry New Yorkers weekly at our student-run soup kitchen.

We are a graduate school: The New York campus is home to the rabbinical program, the education program, the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, 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 take courses and utilize the libraries at New York University, 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. 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 and Star Fellows Programs 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 strive to foster our students’ religious and spiritual 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 our Spirituality Initiative, all students are able to receive individual spiritual direction with trained professionals. Through classes, retreats, and other experiences, students are introduced to 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, we invite you to join us.