The department helps the College fulfill its mission, which includes the goal “to develop and widely disseminate Jewish liturgical and educational materials that foster meaningful living and promote a world in which all peoples coexist peacefully and with mutual respect." Multifaith Studies strengthens interfaith learning through:
- academic courses
- practical internships and co-curricular activities
- innovative initiatives and resources
In 2007, RRC received a three-year grant from the Luce Foundation to pursue three main goals:
- to develop effective new models for training rabbinical students to engage with people of other faiths
- to explore ways to infuse multifaith awareness into the culture of a rabbinical college through internships and co-curricular activities
- to share our work with others
For most of Jewish history, it was not considered important or even desirable for rabbis to study religions other than Judaism. Today, it is indispensible. RRC has a strong institutional commitment to—and matching student interest in—multifaith education.
In March 2010, Luce renewed the grant for an additional three years. During that time, we will continue to innovate within RRC and to share our new programs, resources and conversations with our blog readers.
If you are interest in multifaith studies and considering rabbinical school, find out more about RRC from our Admissions Department.