Academy for Jewish Religion, California

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews


The Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA 574 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles CA 90024 USA


AJR, CA is a transdenominational, pluralistic institution dedicated to the training of rabbis, cantors, and chaplains. Our mission is to develop religious leaders steeped in Torah wisdom and tradition, and capable of transforming Jewish communities into places where all Jews can grow toward wholeness and well-being.

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How can you teach something that can be seen, can't be measured, and can't be felt? By providing a faculty and administration of kind, caring, brilliant minds who patiently encourage and excite you to explore the richness of the Jewish heritage that has defied and withstood the test of time. AJRCA came into my life at a point that I felt I was too old to learn. I was always made to feel special, not different, even when surrounded by those whose levels of observance and belief varied greatly from mine. Talk about a school with Neshama! How many graduate institutions really reach out to develop your personal gifts? AJRCA did that and more for me. The school taught me to be more understanding, less judgemental and a better rabbi than I would have become at another institution. I applaud that they are constanly trying to improve and tweak all the classes through a rigorous review. Further, since the school offers transdenominational training for rabbis, cantors and chaplains, they are not tied to any specific movement allowing staff from every stream of Judaism to serve. It doesn't get any better! I enjoyed my time there so much that I am now proud to be part of the administration.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the caring mentoring of each individual. With the diversity of faculty, it is easy to find those to whom you relate easily and feel totally comfortable in showing your weaknesses.

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