• Our mission

    The Zacharias Frankel College was conceived to train a new generation of Masorti/Conservative rabbis to address the spriritual needs of a growing European Jewry. Ours is an era in which Jews are asking “Why be Jewish?” with greater urgency than ever before.

    As a Masorti/Conservative rabbinical school, the Zacharias Frankel College is dedicated to the philosophy, principles and values as inspired by Louis Jacobs, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordecai Kaplan, David Lieber, and other great modern visionaries. It builds on thinking of positive historic Judaism and German founding fathers such as Leo Baeck and Zacharias Frankel.

    We are a full-fledged rabbinical school that values rigorous scholarship, embraces the splendors of spirituality, and provides our students with vast opportunities to grow intellectually and spiritually.

    Our students are encouraged to open their minds and hearts to the texts and traditions of our religion, celebrate the presence of God in their lives and communities, and master the ever-expanding roles and responsibilities offered to those entering the Masorti/Conservative rabbinate.

    But that is not enough. A rabbi for the 21st century must learn how to relate the lessons of our heritage to the personal and social concerns of the Jewish community.

    “Together with the Leo Baeck Foundation we will take our mission to Europe and ensure that Jewish congregations there will receive the rabbinic leadership necessary to foster Jewish renaissance. We are joined in this endeavor with Potsdam University’s School of Jewish theology.” 

    Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
    Vice Dean