“Rooted in the academic tradition of Germany, Abraham Geiger College is dedicated to the definition of what makes a fine rabbi today.”
Rabbi Prof. Dr. Walter Jacob
We define rabbinical training according to international standards:
- five year full-time education
- on-campus at an accredited research and teaching university
- concurrent MA degree in Jewish Theology
- spiritual guidance for students
- mentoring and counseling as well as psychological coaching
- emphasis on vocational skills alongside academic achievement
- post-ordination mentoring and counseling in the first two years after ordination
In order to complete their rabbinic studies at the Abraham Geiger College, rabbinic students must present their master’s degrees in Jewish Theology. Both the bachelor and the master program are comprised of three main modules: Jewish Religion and Philosophy, Jewish History as well as Jewish Literature and Culture. Furthermore, language acquisition is a separate module: Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish are learned intensively at Potsdam University.
Our college is closely interrelated into the structure of the School of Jewish Theology at Potsdam University and greatly enhances the profile of the study program with extraordinary teaching assignments. The School of Jewish Theology has started in October 2013 and has eight professorships. Their research and teaching is devoted to the more than 3000 years of multifaceted Jewish history from antiquity to the present.
The graduates receive accreditation in the Central Conference of American Rabbis.