"This was the best study experience of my life. What I teach is totally different now.”
- Rabbi Ed Farber, Beth Torah Adath Yeshurun, Miami
(Click here to view a complete list of RLI IV rabbinic fellows from 2010-2013.)
The intensive Rabbinic Leadership Initiative program immerses an elite cadre of North American rabbis in the highest levels of Jewish study, equipping them to meet contemporary challenges with ever-greater intellectual and moral sophistication.
Three classes have graduated from the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative program, and a fourth is already immersed in study. Participants are currently being recruited for the fifth RLI cohort, which will begin in 2013. Contact Marlene Houri for information and to apply. (Click here to view the names of past and present RLI participants.)
Over the course of the three-year program, participants spend a month each summer and a week each winter studying at the Hartman campus in Jerusalem. During the remainder of each year, participants engage in eight weekly study hours with North American rabbinic partners and leading Hartman Institute scholars, studying classical and modern sources and developing ways to integrate this study into their rabbinical work. The pluralistic framework of the program creates a community of rabbis uniquely able to transform the lives of Jews in North America.
With more than 75 graduates to date and 27 participants in the program's fourth cycle, Rabbinic Leadership Initiative's unique pluralistic message is disseminated to hundreds of thousands of families across the North American continent. Along with private donor support the program receives support from numerous Jewish federations that, in recognition of Rabbinic Leadership Initiative's benefit to their communities, sponsor as many as three rabbis in each of the program's cohorts.
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative takes place both in Israel and in rabbis' home communities. Participants spend four months studying in Israel - one month each summer for four consecutive years - and an additional week each winter for three consecutive years. During the year, participants engage in eight hours of weekly study, both with local rabbinic partners and through videoconference classes with leading Hartman Institute scholars. This unique structure enables rabbis to engage in a comprehensive, long-term learning program while maintaining direct control over their professional responsibilities.
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative recruits rabbis who:
Occupy leadership roles in urban centers of North American Jewish life;
Demonstrate a record of achievement in their community;
Are dedicated to ongoing intellectual growth as well as willing to undertake a serious three-year commitment.
Recruiting two or more participants from the same city for each cycle, the program ensures that rabbis taking part in the program have a local partner with whom to study and initiate related activities outside of the immediate framework of the program.
RLI IV Participants
Senior Rabbinic Fellows
Click here to view the names of the current (2010-2013) cohort of Rabbinic Leadership Initiative fellows.