Hebrew Seminary's curriculum is text-centered, focusing on Kabbalah and Healing Prayer as well as traditional Talmud study, with the goal of nurturing rabbis who have the expertise, confidence, and courage to not only hear the voice of God, but to teach their communities to hear the voice of God as well.
Hebrew Seminary welcomes full and part-time students who have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognized four-year college or university. We also welcome second-career and working students.
Our ordination program is an intensive five-year course of study that includes a total of 62 semester-long classes. Upon completion of these classes, each student is required to complete a thesis under the guidance of a Hebrew Seminary advisor.
Course credits are distributed over four core areas of study (Hebrew, Talmud, Kabbalah/Healing Prayer, and Practical Rabbinics) and six non-core areas of required study (Bible, Midrash, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy, Liturgy, and Jewish Deaf studies), plus electives.
Course Distribution by Subject:
Core Courses (46)
Talmud & Rabbinics 10
Practical Rabbinics 12
Non-Core Courses (10)
Jewish History 3
Jewish Philosophy 1
Jewish Deaf Studies 3
Electives (6) 4 in major, 2 anywhere
Total number of courses required for graduation 62
Most classes are one-and-a-half hours long, and meet once per week, with some text courses meeting for one two-hour session each week. Students are expected to devote four to six hours of out-of-class chevruta time, weekly, for each text course taken. All Hebrew Seminary classes are interpreted for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
While the curriculum provides a well-rounded course of study, students have the opportunity to major in an area of their choice, and to develop a particular level of expertise in that area. Each student chooses a major by the end of Year Two, from either Talmud, Kabbalah/Healing, or Jewish Deaf Studies. Four of the student's six elective courses must be taken in the area of the student's major.