Community | Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis
Committed spiritual leadership possessing a deep, well-rounded knowledge of fundamental Jewish sources is the first and foremost requirement for sustainable Jewish-Israeli growth. The Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis is the only one of its kind, an egalitarian program training pluralistic Israeli spiritual community leaders to catalyze a process of spiritual rejuvenation for the Israeli public sphere and its emerging Jewish communities.
Based on a vision of Jewish peoplehood, the program emphasizes the development of a common values-based language for Jewish society in Israel. Program participants will learn and develop a new, meta-denominational language of Jewish identity that draws from Israel’s diverse and rich culture and heritage. They will also gain the pastoral skills to effectively guide their communities in the contemporary world. The program’s curriculum addresses some of the most compelling topics for Israeli society, including contemporary challenges, community and community support, sacred time (Shabbat, holidays and lifecycle ceremonies), God and theology, family, mitzvah, halakhah and law, and personal, community and national morals.
The pilot cohort, composed of 18 senior Israeli spiritual leaders, was ordained in September 2016, and a second cohort of similar standing is progressing in the program. Future cohorts will comprise candidates with a significant background in Jewish studies who will undergo scholarly and conceptual development and training focused on creating a common vision and building community leadership capacity. The community activities of the program’s participants and alumni are catalyzing a fundamental shift in Jewish spiritual practice, making it more inclusive, meaningful and beneficial to Israeli society.
We greatly appreciate our Founding Philanthropic Partners:
Diane and Howard Wohl