Rabbinic Torah Seminar (RTS) FAQ’s
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Rabbinic Torah Seminar at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Click on any of the questions below to see the answers. We look forward to seeing you this summer in Jerusalem.
For more information, contact Marlene Houri .
The Rabbinic Torah Seminar is an intensive, pluralistic, ten-day seminar for rabbis at the Hartman Institute. Each summer a diverse group of rabbis join senior Shalom Hartman Institute scholars and guest lecturers in Jerusalem to explore foundational Jewish ideas and central dilemmas of contemporary Jewish life. Leading scholars in Bible, Talmud, Jewish philosophy and theology, history, and mysticism share texts and ideas from the Jewish tradition on the summer’s unique theme. ^
Faculty are Shalom Hartman Institute scholars from Israel and North America who are rabbis, academics, and senior educators. Every year, we invite a few prominent intellectuals and religious leaders from outside of the Institute who are experts in the particular summer seminar theme. In addition, the Institute often invites speakers with insight into the Israel-Diaspora relationship to address contemporary issues in Israeli society. ^
The program attracts approximately 150 rabbis from North America, Israel, and other countries around the world, representing all streams of Judaism. Cantors, rabbinical students, and retired rabbis are also welcome. ^
RTS participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. The Institute offers discounted rates at several area hotels, and many participants choose to rent apartments for their stay in Jerusalem. ^
In 2020 the fee was $1,000. Rabbinical students: $500. Israeli rabbi/Israeli rabbinical students: $300. ^
The registration fee includes all lectures, programs, and study materials, a full-day excursion, morning snacks, lunches, and dinners. ^
A full refund, less 5 percent credit card fee, will be issued up until a week before the program begins. If cancellation is less that a week before the start of the program, participants will receive a 50 percent refund. ^
The program starts daily at 8:30 am with havruta learning and the main Beit Midrash shiur. Lunch is at 12:30 pm. After lunch there are Peer Workshops until 2:30 pm, often followed by optional enrichment sessions. The program reconvenes at 5:00 pm with elective small-group seminars. Participants choose their electives before they arrive. Dinner is served at 6:30 pm, followed by an evening program. ^
There is programming on Friday mornings. Participants are free from Friday lunchtime until Shabbat afternoon. Shabbat afternoon and evening activities include a shiur, Seudah Shlishit, singing, storytelling, and Havdalah. Participants organize their own Shabbat meals. ^
Lunch and dinner are provided daily when there is programming. Participants are welcome to bring guests to any meal as long they order and pay 24 hours in advance. ^
Dress at the Institute is casual, Israeli summer attire. Air conditioning can be strong in some rooms, so light layers are recommended. ^
There is secured wireless internet connection accessible throughout the Institute’s campus. A password is provided upon arrival. ^
We warmly invite spouses/partners or family members of RTS participants to join us for any evening program or meal (when reserved and paid in advance) There is also the possibility to bring a guest on the tiyul, space permitting. ^