To request an application form or for more information, please e-mail the interim director of admissions and recruitment, Rabbi Roni Handler, or call 215.576.0800, ext 123. If you are considering applying, please contact us to make arrangements to visit the College.
Each applicant must complete a formal application and submit the following:
- Official transcripts of academic records
- Transcripts of G.R.E. scores
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from an academic instructor and one from a rabbi
- A statement on the applicant's interest in the rabbinate, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and goals as a rabbi
A $50 application fee
No one enters rabbinical school planning to move to a different institution mid-way through the program. However, some rabbinical students find themselves in a program that is not an ideal fit for their individual needs and/or professional vision, and consider a transfer. RRC welcomes applications for admission from students at other rabbinical schools. Transfer applicants follow the regular RRC admissions process. Those who are admitted and enroll at RRC may petition for credit for the coursework they have already completed. If you are thinking about applying to RRC as a transfer student or if you have any questions about the process, please contact Rabbi Roni Handler at 215.576.0800 ext 123.
Students admitted to the college must demonstrate a proficiency equivalent to one year of college-level Hebrew study, as determined by a Hebrew placement exam administered in conjunction with the admissions interview. Read more about meeting the Hebrew requirement.
If your written materials indicate you are a strong prospect, the interim director of admissions and recruitment will contact you to schedule an interview with the Admissions Committee. Upon advance request, home hospitality with an RRC student will be provided for out-of-town applicants. Admissions interviews generally are scheduled from November through April at the College. Placement examinations in Hebrew language and Jewish traditions are administered in conjunction with the interview. Interviews are also conducted via videoconference in Jerusalem for those candidates applying from Israel.
At the interview, the applicant should be prepared to respond to questions about such matters as:
- your personal Jewish journey;
- motivations for wanting to pursue a rabbinic career;
Jewish beliefs and practices, acquaintance with North American Jewish life and with the Reconstructionist movement and its philosophy, experience in Jewish leadership and vision of the kind of rabbinate you want to pursue.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as long as there is space remaining in the incoming class. For more information, contact the interim director of admissions and recruitment, Rabbi Roni Handler, at 215.576.0800, ext 123.
Decisions on acceptance will normally be made in writing within a month following the interview. You will be notified about your acceptance into either the preparatory Mekhinah year or the regular five-year program.
You must signify your intention to enroll by replying in writing within three weeks to the assistant vice president for enrollment and rabbinic formation and enclosing a deposit of $500. This will hold the applicant's place in the entering class. (Applicants who pay the deposit may receive a full refund up to May 15, a 50 percent refund up to May 31, and no refund thereafter.)
When the deposit is received, the student will receive an acceptance packet that includes a financial aid application form. This form must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office by April 15. Financial aid decisions will be announced by May 15.