Become a part of the future of Judaism in America.

  • AJR accepts into its Ordination Programs exceptional students, without regard to race, age, gender or sexual orientation, who commit themselves to the highest ideals of devotion to God, Torah and Israel.
  • AJR accepts into its Ordination Programs exceptional students, without regard to race, color, sex, gender orientation, or national origin, who commit themselves to the highest ideals of devotion to God, Torah and Israel.
  • AJR was founded in 1956 and is the oldest pluralistic Jewish seminary in the United States.
  • AJR offers two programs leading to Ordination: Rabbinical and Cantorial. As part of each of these, students earn an M.A. degree in Jewish Studies.
  • AJR offers its M.A. degree in Jewish Studies both to its Ordination students and to individuals wishing to earn this graduate degree on its own.
  • AJR currently has approximately 55 students in total, about 35 of whom are rabbinical students and 20 are cantorial (as of Fall 2013).
  • AJR s students come from states ranging from Missouri to Massachusetts to be a part of our pluralistic community.
  • AJR has ordained 160 rabbis and 33 cantors, for a total of 193 alumni (as of May 2015). Faculty/Student ratio of 3:1
  • AJR alumni serve as rabbis, cantors, chaplains, and educators in congregations, Day Schools, synagogue schools, hospitals, the U.S. military, JCC s, Federations, camps, other communal organizations.
  • AJR’s annual fall Retreat and spring Intensive gatherings offer Ordination students the opportunity to build strong relationships within the AJR community, to meet new classmates, and to focus in depth upon an experience or an area of learning that demands more attention than normal class sessions would allow.   Gesher and M.A. students are warmly invited to join the Retreat and Intensive programs.  Click here to see a listing of recent topics.