At the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, we believe that a sustained encounter with God, talmud torah (sacred study), shmirat mitzvot (observance of the commandments), and gemillut hesed (acts of lovingkindness) enables people to thrive, to cultivate lives of spirit and to change the world for the good. The Jewish people need rabbis trained to translate the theological and communal insights embedded in our sacred texts into creative guidance for us to live as exemplars and leaders of compassionate, innovative communities.
In the service of that mission, the Ziegler School helps students deepen their faith through deep Rav-talmid relationships and through the study of Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, Philosophy, Kabbalah and Hasidut. Students come from diverse parts of the Jewish community, sharing a passion for halakhah and mitzvot, prayer, Israel, social action and justice.
The Ziegler School is an intimate learning community rooted in the Masorti/Conservative stream of Judaism. We welcome students of all races, orientations, genders and opinions. Our curriculum, normally attainable within a five-year span, equips our students with what they need to transform lives — starting with their own — and to lead sacred communities as Ziegler-ordained rabbis who reflect, inspire and celebrate the people they serve.
We invite you to learn more about the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and welcome your questions and requests for more information.