- A BA degree or degree of equal worth, or University Entrance exam together with such professional experience that it is apparent that the student can complete the training satisfactorily.
- Clear involvement in and commitment to Liberal Judaism (Liberaal; Reform, Progressive, Conservative, Reconstructionist)
- Being integrated into the Dutch-Jewish community (only regarding Dutch students)
- Knowledge of Hebrew at the level of kita aleph
- Experience in teaching and leading groups
- A formal statement from the Ministry of Justice that the student has no record of criminal behaviour (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag [VOG])
- A candidate married to or permanently living tgether with a non-Jewish partner shall not be admitted to the training.
- If a student in the course of the training marries or begins living permanently with a non-Jewish partner, he/she can continue the training, but with the expectation that the partner will convert to Judaism before the end of the training. If this does not happen, the student will not be ordained.
- In a situation such as this, counselling and guidance are necessary, and a temporary interruption in the study may well be recommended.
The position of Rabbi in and of the community carries the implication that the personal life and lifestyle of a Rabbinic student is a matter of significance. He/she holds a leadership position within and outside the Jewish community and his/her behaviour serves as a role model for many. This is why the student's lifestyle and bahaviour are important elements as part of the admission procedure, albeit with full guarantees against any form of discrimination by gender, sexual orientation, race, colour or political beliefs.
I. The candidate
- writes a letter of application in which he/she
a) states that he/she meets the criteria for admissions, and
b) gives an overview of trainings and courses that he/she has followed and completed in the past, with emphasis on such that are relevant to the Rabbinic training;
- encloses with the letter of application
a) a Curriculum Vitae and
b) a written motivation giving the reasons why he/she wants to be a Rabbi and what he/she thinks he can contribute in this position
c) a list of read/studied relevant literature
d) copies of diplomas and certificates obtained;
- will as part of the procedure be required to demonstrate that he/she is able to finance the study.
The letter should be sent to the Dean at the address found on the Contact page
The members of the Subcommittee form a judgement about the suitability of the candidate, based on the above criteria and the personality of the candidate.
This judgement and a recommendation of actions to be taken are submitted to the full Academic Committee, acting as Admissions Committee. The Academic Committee can accept the report of the subcommittee or decide to conduct a more thorough investigation on areas they wish to explore.
A psychological test may be part of the further procedure.
III. Informative materials sent to prospective candidates include:
- the Admissions Procedure document
- the global curriculum including an assessment of the time investment necessary for the study.