Overview | Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

ABOUT

Overview

ABOUT

Overview

In an increasingly diverse Jewish world, we’re a progressive seminary that prepares students from all walks of life for the rabbinate.

What exactly is a progressive seminary?

Our curriculum is an expression of the Reconstructionist approach, which is a progressive approach to Judaism. We immerse ourselves in the riches of Jewish civilization and its constant evolution. Just as importantly, we drive that evolution toward greater meaning, holiness, peace and justice. RRC’s collaborative learning environment enables you to deeply immerse in Jewish study while developing your own ideas about further enriching Jewish life now.

Engaging, seminar-style classes and hevrutah (paired) learning are designed to facilitate intimate, meaningful and educational discussion. Our groundbreaking social justice organizing and multifaith studies curricula, as well as our renowned Jewish ethics center, create real-world foundations for your rabbinical education to evolve into your rabbinate.

Your first two years at the College will include coursework and fieldwork. Coursework will introduce you to three millennia of Judaism’s beliefs, texts and tradition. Fieldwork will help you integrate what you learn as you develop the necessary skills to become the rabbi you want to be. Depending on your plan, those skills can include pastoral counseling, ritual leadership, social justice organizing, facilitating interfaith dialogue and others. In the following three years, your learning expands with even greater roles at synagogues, schools, Hillels, social justice campaigns and interfaith organizations, hospitals and hospices, summer camps and more.

More than a school, RRC is a vibrant community unto itself. We bring to life the values and visions we explore in our classrooms. Our students, faculty and staff join together to celebrate holidays and the milestones of one another’s lives. For all of us the College is not simply a daily destination, it’s a Jewish home.