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Title: A Call for Reform: How Hebrew Union College’s Rabbinical Curriculum Prepares Students for Changing Demands in the Reform Jewish landscape
Authors: Sall, Charlotte
Advisors: Wuthnow, Robert
Department: Sociology
Class Year: 2016
Abstract: This thesis investigates the difficulties in preparing rabbinical leadership for a rapidly changing religious landscape by looking at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, the main seminary for training Reform rabbis in America. Through 33 in-depth interviews with recently ordained rabbis and faculty members at HUC, I analyze the effectiveness of the College’s curriculum, focusing on the manner in which HUC prepares its students for a diversity of rabbinate. My analysis includes a discussion of the challenges facing both HUC and the Reform movement in America more broadly. Ultimately, I determine that HUC must do more in training its rabbis for a rapidly changing Reform landscape, which requires rabbis to think innovatively both inside and outside of the congregational setting. A variety of challenges, perspectives, and ideas for moving forward are discussed.
Extent: 150 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Sociology, 1954-2020

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