Rabbinic Program

Our two year program teaches skills such as team building, grief counseling, abuse recognition, marital counseling, mediation, and more - the skills a rabbi needs to lead a healthy community.

Training a rabbi to be sensitive to the interpersonal aspects of his community enables him to be attuned to potential needs of congregants. This way, he can be proactive in leadership and crisis prevention. Whether helping a couple through marital strife, or  guiding a young person through a hard time, rabbis trained to seek out congregants in need bring a sense of hope and a feeling of being seen. This includes non religious members of the greater community who may not naturally see a rabbi as an address for support and comfort..

By working to create and strengthen human connections, BARKAI rabbis create a secure and healthy environment for every one of their congregants. Moreover, by teaching his congregation to lean on one another, he fosters a communal sense of belonging that strengthens individuals and families.

By training communal rabbis, we build thriving Jewish communities.

Alumni Network

To best serve a community, rabbis, as all professionals must constantly refresh their abilities, learn new skills, and hear the latest in professional research and experience. Barkai engages and trains its rabbis beyond the completion of the two-year training program. Our alumni return to the center five to six times a year for professional development and seminars on important topics. Additionally, Barkai staff continues to mentor and guide alumni, maintaining the network that flourishes on shared experiences and support.