Academy for Jewish Religion California

aka AJRCA   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.ajrca.edu

Mission

AJRCA is a transdenominational, pluralistic institution dedicated to the training of rabbis, cantors, and chaplains. Our mission is to develop religious leaders steeped in Torah wisdom and tradition, and capable of transforming Jewish communities into places where all Jews can grow toward wholeness and well-being.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Dr. Tamar Frankiel

Main address

3250 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 550

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

68-0493819

NTEE code info

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Jewish (X30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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AJR, CA consists of a Rabbinical School, a Cantorial School and a Chaplaincy Program. The goal of the Rabbinical Program is to train men and women to become spiritual leaders who will serve all Jews and Jewish movements, who will be steeped in the teachings and traditions of the sacred texts and, at the same time, will make Torah real and relevant to our lives as Jews today. The Rabbinical Program leads to ordination as "Rabbi and Teacher in Israel," as well as a Masters Degree in Rabbinic Studies. Successful completion generally requires five years of full-time study, with part-time options available.Students must pass examinations in Hebrew language, liturgy, Bible, and Jewish literacy. A supervised internship is a required element of the program. A Master's thesis is required for ordination.The goal of the Cantorial Program is to train men and women to become cantors who will be a living resource of the varied aspects of the Jewish musical tradition - with mastery of the melodies and chants for Jewish prayer, and of the music for home, school and community. This mastery, coupled with the ability to impart and inspire, includes the contemporary modes and sounds, which resonate with today's generation. The Cantorial Program leads to ordination as "Hazzan and Teacher in Israel," as well as a Masters Degree in Jewish Sacred Music.Completion of the program generally requires five years of full-time study, with part-time study options available. Cantorial students are also individually coached by a practicing cantor during each semester of the program. A Master's thesis is required for ordination. The goal of the Jewish Chaplaincy program is to provide a dynamic and supportive learning community in which students can deepen their Judaic knowledge and counseling skills in order to be able to work in multi-dimensional chaplaincy settings. The program is two academic years plus one summer, with a year's Practicum/Fieldwork and a Master's thesis among the requirements for certification.A Masters Degree in Jewish Studies as well as a certificate in Jewish Chaplaincy will be awarded upon completion of the program. A Master's thesis is required for certification.

Population(s) Served

The goal of the Rabbinical School is to train men and women to become spiritual leaders who will serve all Jews and Jewish movements, who will be steeped in the teachings and traditions of the sacred texts and, at the same time, bring a sense of spirituality and holiness to our lives as Jews today. This is a lofty objective but one which we have achieved, in large part, because of four key components that define our Rabbinical School: immersion in textual study, a significant emphasis on spirituality, a substantial focus on pastoral counseling, and honoring the wisdom of all of the denominations.

Population(s) Served

The goals of AJRCA’s Cantorial School are clear. We train men and women to become cantors who will be a living resource of the varied aspects of the Jewish musical tradition. They should have mastery of the melodies and chants for Jewish prayer as well as the contemporary modes and sounds that resonate with today’s Jewish community. They must also have the ability to successfully impart the vital spiritual/musical connection to worship and inspire those they serve. And, finally, we want our cantors to be proficient in all aspects of clergy life. While ambitious, these objectives have been achieved, in large part, because of the major components that define our Cantorial School. A combination of the traditional and the innovative, together they are the reason why we are producing cantors who are uniquely qualified to meet the needs of the 21st century American Jewish community.

Population(s) Served

The goal of the Chaplaincy School is to provide a dynamic and supportive learning community in which students can deepen their Judaic knowledge and chaplaincy skills in order to be able to work in multi-dimensional chaplaincy settings. There is a real and growing need for Jewish chaplains and AJRCA takes tremendous pride in being the only Jewish graduate institution in the US that prepares people to become board certified chaplains through our Clinical Pastoral Education Program, a fully accredited ACPE (Association of Clinical Pastoral Education) satellite of Methodist Hospital of Southern California.

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Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2012

Awards

"Cutting Edge" Grant 2011

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Financials

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Academy for Jewish Religion California

Board of directors
as of 6/2/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jacob Zighelboim

No Affiliation

Stan Levy Co-Founder

Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Laura Owens Board Chair

Academy for Jewish Religion, CA