Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
|Type||Jewish theological college|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, United States|
The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, informally known as the "Ziegler School" or simply "Ziegler", is the graduate program of study leading to Ordination as Conservative Rabbis at the American Jewish University (formerly known as the University of Judaism). Founded in 1996 as a full-fledged program of Rabbinic ordination on the West Coast - the first independent rabbinical school on the West Coast - it ordained its first class in 1999. It is located in Los Angeles and has ordained about 100 rabbis, about half of them women. The School attracts an international student body, with students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Uganda, and the United Kingdom, as well as from every region of the United States. Upon ordination, Ziegler rabbis serve in every sector of the United States and Israel. Ziegler rabbis are automatically admitted to the international Rabbinical Assembly.
The Ziegler School of Rabbinic studies is focused on their students gaining the knowledge they need through experience. Internships are one ways in which the Ziegler School implements experiential learning. Through the experience of an internship, rabbinic students go on to graduate from the school feeling well prepared to lead North American Jewish life in the 21st century.
The Ziegler School program requires their students to participate in a year abroad in Israel. The state of Israel has grown to become central in shaping Jewish life all around the world and is a vital to be educated in, before leading as a Rabbi.
The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies fosters an unprecedented blend of academic rigor, emotional warmth and openness, traditional and innovative spirit in the service of God, Torah and Israel. The school fuses the methods and findings of the academic study of Judaism with the fervor and devotion of traditional study and observance. The school focuses on the journey of each rabbinical student to produce extraordinary rabbis to lead the Jewish people in a renaissance of talmud Torah (learning), shmirat mitzvot (observance), and gemillut hesed (acts of social justice and personal compassion). In this way, the school strengthens and energizes Conservative Judaism and Klal Yisrael.
Selected administration and faculty
- Rabbi Aaron Alexander
- Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
- Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, PhD.
- Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD.
- Reb Mimi Feigelson
- Rabbi Pinchas Giller, PhD.
- Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, PhD.
- Rabbi Gail Labovitz, PhD.
- Dr. David Lieber
- Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
- Dr. Robert Wexler
- Dr. Ron Wolfson
- Dr. Ziony Zevit
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