Since its inception over 30 years ago, the Shalom Hartman Institute has made the advancement of rabbinic leadership one of its core missions. The Institute is widely recognized as a world leader in providing pluralistic, intensive, thoughtful, and challenging study opportunities and leadership development for rabbis of all denominations.
Studying together in a pluralistic and spiritually and intellectually challenging Beit Midrash pushes rabbis to deepen their knowledge and develop their own voices as intellectual and spiritual leaders in North America.
Statistics reveal that 70 percent of American Jews are affiliated with a synagogue at some point in their lives and that Jews of all denominations continue to turn to their rabbi and local synagogue for lifecycle ceremonies, for Jewish holiday celebrations, and for community study. Despite the crucial role that rabbis play, there are very few structured frameworks for ongoing rabbinic study, enrichment, and intellectual leadership training.
Today, Hartman's Rabbinic Leadership Programs feature the largest and longest-running rabbinic initiatives. These programs are universally respected for the quality of their faculty and the depth of Torah study in which participants engage as they address the central challenges of contemporary Jewish life.
The Institute's Rabbinic programs include: