The Israelite Academy invites applicants from people of any background who are sincerely interested in learning about Israelite history, culture, and practice. Our faculty is composed of men and women who are experts in their subjects and are all distinguished teachers and leaders in our community. You may study with them at one of our satellite campuses or using an online program that allows you to see and interact with your professor and classmates from anywhere in the world! We have recently opened our doors in this way to meet the growing demand our people who live in cities or countries where the opportunity to learn from a qualified teacher in a welcoming environment is limited. In the Israelite Academy student of color feel comfortable, valued, and appreciated. Our students are encouraged to express themselves, be themselves, and encouraged to reach their highest potential. Perspective students should apply with the understanding that we are a private school with defined positions just as Orthodox Yeshivas, Catholic Seminaries, and Christian Bible Colleges. We encourage you to be a student; learn what we teach and then draw your own conclusions.
Students may enroll in one of the following programs:
- The Independent Study Program
- General Education Program
- The Rabbinic Masters Program.
The Independent Study (IS) Program
Students in this program make take any course offered to the public at any of our physical sites, or online through our distance-learning center, if available. It is an entirely self-designed program where students may take as many or as few courses as they wish. Therefore, students in this program have the option of just taking courses that interest them with no further obligations. If there is a prerequisite—such as in a two-part course—students will be expected to take the courses in sequence. The objective of this program is to help students with their personal spiritual development. As such, it does not grant a degree or certificate; however, any credits acquired in this program may be applied to one of the degree programs, should a student decide to continue their education with us.
The General Education (GE) Program
The GE program requires a minimum of two years of study with us and completion of a core of course in Hebrew, Tephilah (Prayer), Torah, and History. At the end of the program, successful men and women are awarded a certificate of completion that establishes their qualifications to teach in most Talmud Torah Schools operated by synagogues within our community.
The Rabbinic Program
Our Rabbinic Program is open to those who are already believing and practicing Israelites. Candidates for this program are expected to be devout laypeople in a recognized congregation who have the moral character, academic ability, and spiritual calling to become a leader and teacher of the faith. It is not for people who merely possess an intellectual curiosity nor is it for those who wish to add our knowledge to their own belief system. The Rabbinic Program exists solely to train rabbis who will serve our community. Each application will be reviewed by our admissions committee. Acceptance into the program is determined by the candidate’s level of academic preparation, the strength of his recommendations, and an interview conducted by designated faculty of the Israelite Academy. Those who complete all the graduation requirements will receive a masters degree in Rabbinic Doctrine. Ordination (conferring of Smecha) usually takes place at the same time of graduation; however, graduates may defer until such time that they are ready and the Dean of the Academy may withhold ordination from any student who failed to uphold the honor or principles of the Academy.