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Jewish Theological Seminary Reorganizes Rabbinical Training Program

The nationwide concern over educational standards and achievements has led the Jewish Theological Seminary of America to re-evaluate its course of study it was announced here today by the Seminary.

“Feeling that the present emphasis on science at all levels of education makes it ever more essential for graduate schools in non-scientific fields to buttress their own curricula, the Seminary has reorganized its rabbinical training program, establishing a Rabbinical Department, in place of the Rabbinical School,” the announcement said.

The new department has two parts, a Graduate Rabbinical School, offering a three-year course, and leading to ordination; and a School of Judaica, offering a program of one to three years leading to the degree of Master of Hebrew Literature.

The curriculum of the School of Judaica will make it mandatory for all students to concentrate on the great texts of Jewish tradition for periods ranging from one to three years. These studies in the School of Judaica will be pre-requisites for entrance into the graduate department, and will also qualify the student for the degree of Master of Hebrew Literature.