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Learning Hebrew

Students admitted to RRC must demonstrate Hebrew proficiency equivalent to one year of college-level Hebrew study. This is determined by a placement exam administered in conjunction with your admissions interview.

Hebrew and the Reconstructionist Rabbinate

Reconstructionist rabbis not only function as leaders for their communities, they also serve as resources and references to Jewish tradition in all its richness. They lead prayer, they teach text, they train children and adults as b’ney mitzvah and as lay leaders and, above all, they serve as the main way into the tradition for the members of the communities they serve. 

RRC seeks applicants with strong Hebrew skills so that we can provide the Jewish community with strong, respected, capable graduates. The College trains our students in all the main texts of Jewish tradition: Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, Zohar, Hasidic texts, early Zionist texts and modern Israeli literature. The program of study is challenging and the work is intense and exciting. Having strong Hebrew skills enables students to thrive in these classes.

View our sample Hebrew entrance exam

Visit MASA, an organization that offers generous grants for intensive Hebrew study in Israel