You can get a college degree in just about anything online, from sports management to fire science. If you’re of the religious persuasion, there are over two million hits on Google for virtual seminary programs for Christians, and you can even become an imam online. The Jewish world has its own options, depending on what slice of the Jewish pie you are a part of.
For a rabbinic semicha, we recommend the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI). The school’s focus is on progressive Judaism, relevant halachka, and Torah. Below is an interview with the dean of the school, Rabbi/Cantor Blane, and PunkTorah’s director, Patrick Aleph. To apply to JSLI, click here.
PunkTorah’s smicha program is for Darshanim, Jewish spiritual leaders focused on using story telling and Torah to engage and inspire unaffiliated Jewish communities.
- Prayer Book Hebrew
- Liturgy for Shacharit, Mincha, Maariv
- Shabbat and Holiday Services
- Jewish history, philosophy and literature
- The Jewish calendar
- Lay chaplaincy including hospital visits
- Life cycle events including bar/bat mitzvah, baby naming, funerals and shiva minyanim
- Practical halachka and Talmud
- Maggid training