The Institute for Modern Jewish Studies in Moscow
The Institute for Modern Jewish Studies, an initiative of the WUPJ to train Russian-speaking rabbis for the region, offers a four-year BA degree program at RSUH Institute for Philology and History in Moscow called “Art and Humanities with a specialization in Jewish Theology”. Students recognized as having potential to continue toward rabbinic studies are jointly guided by the Institute for Modern Jewish Studies and the Abraham Geiger College, after their successful application at both Institutions.
WUPJ-LA, in partnership with Fundación Judaica and Centro de Espiritualidad Judía Mishkan, put into action this project to create an institute that will be in charge of training educators, community leaders and rabbis, which will allow for growth and continuity in our region. A Judaism based on inclusion and welcoming.
The program, which combines theoretical knowledge and daily practices, is aimed at those who have a vocation of study and service, as well as an active commitment to building a vibrant and sensitive Jewish community to the needs of contemporary life that are constantly changing. The academic staff will assist students with both distance learning and field work and intensive face-to-face meetings.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America’s leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, leaders in Jewish education, and Jewish nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate degree programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR’s scholarly resources comprise renowned library, archive, and museum collections, biblical archaeology excavations, and academic publications. HUC-JIR invites the community to an array of cultural and educational programs that illuminate Jewish identity, history, and contemporary creativity, and foster interfaith and multiethnic understanding.
As the only fully validated and accredited Jewish seminary in the UK, Leo Baeck College (LBC) is the place where rabbis and educators equipped for the 21st century are trained, where the leaders of Progressive Judaism are nurtured, and where the heart of Progressive Jewish thought is developed.
Based on the model of the Berlin Hochshüle, Leo Baeck College was founded in 1956 by Rabbi Dr Werner van der Zyl and named in honour of his teacher, Rabbi Dr Leo Baeck. To date, Leo Baeck College has ordained more than one hundred and eighty rabbis and graduated over ninety educators serving in Progressive communities worldwide. Our alumni provide the leadership and learning across the Progressive Jewish world in the United Kingdom, Europe, Former Soviet Union, United States, Australia, South Africa, Israel, and beyond.
Founded in 1999, Abraham Geiger College is the first liberal rabbinical seminary in Continental Europe since the Shoah. In response to the urgent need for academic rabbinical and cantorial training, it provides progressive, enlightened and modern spiritual leadership for Europe and beyond
Our college stands in the tradition of the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums (Higher Institute for the Science of Judaism) in Berlin which was closed by the Nazis in 1942. Dedicated to Jewish tradition and committed to the principle of academic freedom, the education at Abraham Geiger College embraces three principles:
- High academic standards with a broad selection of courses, leading to an M.A. in Jewish Theology,
- Support of the students during their practical training regarding psychological guidance and pastoral concerns,
- and Guidance of the students in their pastoral practice through rabbinical