rabbis jordan braunig, right, and tufts hillel director jeffrey summit

Professional Development

Acquiring the Critical Skills for Today's Rabbinate

Whether you’re interested in working in a congregation or Hillel, hospital or clinical setting, communal organization or educational institution, Hebrew College prepares you for the varied nature of rabbinic work in the 21st century. We’re also here to guide and advise you along the path to finding and sustaining a meaningful and fulfilling career.

Practical Training

During your course of study, you will take classes on rabbinic leadership, pastoral counseling, education, life-cycle events, homiletics and prayer-leading skills. See list of courses.

Supervised Internships

During the final two years of the program, you will have a supervised paid internship each year at a local Jewish institution, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with mentorship from seasoned rabbis. Hebrew College has developed partnerships with many leading Boston congregations across the religious spectrum, as well as with Hillels, day schools and other innovative Jewish organizations.

Professional Specializations

Students can gain greater expertise in specific areas, choosing from among numerous specialization tracks.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Developing the capacity to sit with people in need is one of the most important skills an aspiring rabbi must learn. At Hebrew College, every student is fully funded to take one unit of CPE, an intensive interfaith professional-education program for current and future clergy. 

a placement for everyone


Rabbi Dan Judson, who is helping to frame the national debate on congregational membership and dues, serves as the Rabbinical School’s full-time director of professional development and placement.

“Many of the institutions that have hired our rabbis have done so because they needed someone who could be dynamic and pluralistic, someone who could lead traditional prayer one evening and contemporary alternative prayer in the morning,” he says. “They wanted someone who had a facility with classic Jewish sources and brought the wisdom of our tradition, and who understood how to make that wisdom relevant to folks.”