Become a part of the future of Judaism in America.

  • AJR accepts into its Ordination Programs exceptional students, without regard to race, age, sexuality, gender identity, or nationality 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 60 students in total, 50 of whom are rabbinical students and 10 are cantorial students.

  • AJR has 23 students enrolled in its Master’s of Jewish Studies program.

  • AJR has ordained 175 rabbis and 36 cantors, for a total of 211 alumni.

  • Faculty/Student ratio of 3:1.

  • AJR alumni serve as rabbis, cantors, chaplains, as well as educators in congregations, Day Schools, synagogue schools, hospitals, the U.S. military, JCC’s, Federations, camps, and other communal organizations.

  • AJR’s annual fall Retreat and spring Intensive gatherings offer Ordination students the opportunity to explore new avenues of study while building stronger relationships within the AJR community. Click here to see a listing of recent topics.

  • AJR alumni serve Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform, Renewal, Independent, and Pluralistic communities. Click here to learn more about our alumni.