Ariella Rosen is a second-year student in the Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary sharing her experiences of her year in Israel.
After completing the Beit Midrash program in New York, students of The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary continue to Jerusalem for a year of academic and experiential education. Our academic base is the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, where students study Hebrew, Talmud, and halakhah, as well as learning about the land, people, and State of Israel and taking electives in Judaic studies. Our Israel program office is based in the Schocken Library in central Jerusalem. JTS rabbinical students participate in a yearlong experiential program that includes tiyulim (trips) around the country and meetings with a diverse array of Israelis including leaders of the Masorti movement. Students volunteer with a variety of Israeli organizations and deepen their knowledge of Israeli culture and society through formal and informal interactions.