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Academics

At RRC, Kolot offers courses, pastoral education, faculty education, and certification in Jewish women's studies.

In its work as an academic center, Kolot fulfills its mission by: 

  • Training rabbinical students in scholarship that recovers the voices and experiences of Jewish women and men. Kolot incorporates the perspectives of gender theory, social history, psychology, and other disciplines into rabbinical training. Course offerings have included Bible and the Feminist Imagination and Images of Body in Jewish Mysticism. Kolot also provides pastoral education on domestic violence and breast cancer in the Jewish community
  • Advancing scholarship in the fields of Jewish women's and gender studies through teaching, publications, and conferences
  • Offering a graduate certificate in Jewish Women's Studies, in conjunction with Temple University, for rabbinical and graduate students as well as non-matriculated students
  • Bringing noted Jewish feminist writers and poets to RRC and the public through the Henny Wenkart Kolot Writer-in-Residence
  • Guaranteeing a state-of-the-field library collection in Jewish women's and gender studies through the Susan Beckerman endowment fund

Cumulatively, this work has contributed significantly to RRC being cited as one of only ten seminaries nationwide having exemplary practices in preparing clergy to address sexual health and justice.