RRC is committed to fostering rootedness in Jewish tradition, strengthening egalitarianism and inclusion, nurturing spirituality and helping Jewish communities grow. We pride ourselves on being a kehillah kedushah, a sacred, ethical community guided by a sense of connection to godliness—to those beliefs and values that compel us to work for a better world. We believe that training Jewish leaders is a complex task. It requires us to impart the knowledge and practical training rabbis need and also to model an ethical community—where transparent governance, participatory decision making and caring for each individual are central.
Our core curriculum is unique among rabbinical schools, reflecting the Reconstructionist view of Judaism as an evolving religious civilization. As a student, you examine Jewish texts, beliefs and practices in the changing contexts of five historical periods: biblical, rabbinic, medieval, modern and contemporary. By studying world religions, the social sciences and ethics, you come to view Judaism within a larger frame-how the world has changed Judaism and how Judaism has changed the world.
We offer a range of professional preparation for people who seek to serve as leaders throughout the Jewish community. Academics combine with at least eight courses in practical rabbinics, interdisciplinary learning that prepares you to engage Jews of all backgrounds intellectually, spiritually and personally.