Desired Attributes for Admission | Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Desired Attributes for Admission

The Admissions Committee will determine each candidate’s suitability for the College after a thorough review of all application materials, including the completed application form and written self-assessment, resume, academic record, GRE scores (if submitted), letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

A candidate can only be admitted subsequent to a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. 

The College welcomes applications for admission to the rabbinical program from candidates who meet our admissions requirements, which include the following attributes:

 

Jewish Identity

Candidates must be born of at least one Jewish parent and raised as Jews, or be Jews-by-choice. For Jews-by-choice, we accept conversions from all denominations.

 

Jewish Commitments

We expect candidates to actively demonstrate engagement with God, Torah and the Jewish people. Candidates model commitment to Jewish community and continuity in their personal, familial and communal lives, engaging thoughtfully in Jewish practice and with respect for tradition.

 

Hebrew Language Facility

For candidates who accept our invitation to interview, the College will administer a Hebrew placement exam to determine their readiness for rabbinical study. By the time of their matriculation, candidates will need facility with Modern Hebrew minimally equivalent to one year of successful, college-level Hebrew study.

 

Educational Background

Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and their transcripts must show solid academic abilities. Candidates who do not yet hold a graduate degree are encouraged to submit official Graduate Review Examination (GRE) scores, which can help us assess their ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.

 

Critical Thinking/Intellectual Curiosity

Candidates should demonstrate an ability and willingness to reflect upon, analyze and synthesize information, as well as a desire to explore and shape new ideas and ways of thinking.

 

Service Orientation

The College expects candidates to value community and enact selflessness motivated by a desire to “give back” and help, and who look for opportunities to work with and serve others.

 

Leadership 

Candidates should be able to articulate a compelling vision and support a group in determining its goals, as well as be able to develop and implement appropriate strategies to achieve them.

 

Interpersonal

The College seeks candidates who easily connect with others, demonstrate empathy, and work well as part of a team. Candidates need the ability to “read a room” and to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries with others.

 

Listening/Communication

Candidates we seek actively engage in conversation with others. They articulate their ideas in a coherent manner. Equally important is that they listen actively and are attentive to words spoken by others, while being able to accurately interpret their meaning.

 

Resilience/Stress Management

Candidates should have the ability to work under pressure, effectively deal with adverse situations and difficult people, and handle multiple responsibilities/tasks at one time. Candidates must demonstrate effective self-care strategies.

 

Openness

Candidates are expected to seek out and accept constructive criticism or feedback. The ability to be reflective — and the willingness to admit mistakes and to demonstrate humility — is crucial for rabbis and rabbinical students. We seek candidates who actively seek opportunities to further their personal growth.

 

Character

We seek candidates who strive to live their lives consistent with their core beliefs. They demonstrate maturity, integrity and authenticity in the face of conflicting demands in order to make appropriate and reasoned decisions. Others must perceive them as reliable, trustworthy, flexible, moral and personable. 

 

Suitability for Reconstructionist Rabbinical Study

Candidates should have already made a sincere effort to learn about Reconstructionist Judaism, including first-hand experience with at least one Reconstructionist community. Candidates must believe in and demonstrate Reconstructionist Judaism’s core values.


Age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, ancestry, national origin, handicap and disability will not be determining factors in the considerations of the Admissions Committee.