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Our Fall Institute for Prospective Rabbinical Students

The 2017 Institute took place November 8-11.


The 2018 Institute will take place October 31-November 3 - save the date!


About the Institute

We want you to learn as much as you can about student life here. The Institute occurs every fall and is meant for candidates who are hungry to deepen their knowledge of RRC. As an Institute participant, you will meet students and faculty in regular classroom settings and get to visit several classes while you are here. Additionally you will engage with them and the College administrators in special Institute presentations and discussions designed to help you understand what we are about. We hope you’ll stay to celebrate Shabbat with local Reconstructionist communities and experience more of what it feels like to attend RRC.

This year's Institute takes place November 8-11 here at RRC.

There is no charge for the program, and travel subsidies are available. We would be happy to arrange home hospitality with RRC students for you while you are here. For more information contact Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Acting Director of Admissions, Recruitment, and Student Life. Click here for a sample Institute program.

Individual visits are always a possibility

Whether through the Institute or at another time, we want you to come visit. It’s by far the best way to get to know us and for us to meet you. Prospective student visitors are welcome, any time during the academic year. You can sit in on classes, tour our building, meet students, and chat with faculty and staff.

Meet with the Director of Recruitment, Admissions, and Student Life

A very important part of any visit will be to meet with Rabbi David Dunn Bauer for an informal conversation to explore your interest in rabbinical school. You will have a chance to ask questions about the rabbinical program of studystudent life, your long- or short-term academic and rabbinical goals, the application process, and other matters of interest and importance to you. To schedule a visit, contact Rabbi Bauer via email.

See our campus

The College is housed in a redbrick, slate-roofed Georgian mansion built as a summer home for the Curtis family, publishers of the Saturday Evening Post. Ziegelman Hall holds classrooms, administrative offices, the student lounge, and the kitchen. Adjoining Ziegelman Hall are the state-of-the-art Goldyne Savad Library Center, the Ira and Judith Kaplan Eisenstein Reconstructionist Archives, and faculty offices. 

Meet students, faculty and graduates

Our students, faculty and alumni are a diverse group of individuals who share a passion for Jewish spirituality and religious study. Everyone – faculty, staff, and students – at RRC shares a commitment to Jewish learning beyond the powerful texts and magnificent history we have inherited, to the unfolding challenges and blessings of the current moment. Graduates of the College live and serve around the country, in Israel, Europe, and other parts of the globe. Contact Rabbi Bauer to find an RRC rabbi near you.