About Hebrew College
Founded in 1921, Hebrew College is dedicated to the principle that rigorous, pluralistic Jewish education is essential to building and sustaining a vibrant Jewish community.
We are committed to training Jewish professionals who have a strong foundation in classical Jewish studies and are equally well equipped to engage the complexities of contemporary Jewish life.
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(Music: "Oseh Shalom" from Galeh: A Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College CD, 2014.)
We also embrace a mission that connects serious academic study of Judaism with the educational needs and challenges of the community, via outstanding graduate, adult-learning and youth-education programs. No ivory tower, Hebrew College strives to be a modern equivalent of Abraham's tent, with all sides open to anyone who wishes to join our passionate pursuit of Jewish education.
Here you will find diverse entryways, ranging from intensive text study and professional training that prepare you for a leadership role in the Jewish community to opportunities that enable you to explore Jewish culture, arts and music as a means to define and refine your Jewish identity.
Rooted in the Hebraist-Zionist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, we maintain a deep commitment to the importance of Hebrew language as a conveyor of Jewish culture and as a link between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel. Courses at Hebrew College were originally taught only in Hebrew; today most classes are taught in English, but Hebrew language instruction for beginners to advanced students remains an essential element of the curriculum for graduate degree programs and an accessible option for adult learners and Prozdor high school students.
Hebrew College's legacy also bequeaths a strong commitment to pluralism, an openness to all forms of Jewish expression, commitment and practice. We seek to engage diverse perspectives on any given Jewish topic, both to encourage a dynamic exchange and to foster respect for other points of view. Hebrew College, true to our roots, strives to encompass the broadest spectrum of Jewish life and to model k'lal Yisrael — a community of all Jews — while welcoming members of other faiths to join our vibrant conversation.
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