Course Information

for Professional Skills Department

 

Spiritual Development Seminar (PR3110)

Credits:1

Facilitated groups to develop skills in self-examination, creating an atmosphere of trust and support, and working in cooperation with one another in professional capacities. One unit per semester; required registration each term until requirement is completed.

Spiritual Dimensions of Torah (PR3125)

Credits:1.5

Torah study with attention to exploring personal responses to the sacred text of our tradition and the sacred texts of students’ personal lives. Jewish inspirational texts add depth and dimension to the study of biblical and liturgical texts and practices. One unit per semester; repeatable for up to four credits.

Rabbinic Leadership in Ritual Life (PR3220)

Credits:3

Study and practice of traditional Jewish ceremonials, including performing marriages and executing divorces, presiding at namings and circumcisions, conducting bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies and funerals.

Homiletics (PR3221)

Credits:3

Practical, hands-on experience in the art of sermonizing and communication from the pulpit. Students prepare and deliver sermons on the weekly Torah readings, holiday themes, and life-cycle events which are analyzed and constructively criticized by classmates and the instructor. Formerly PRO 301.

Jewish Professional Ethics (PR3250)

Credits:3

Study of a range of issues in Jewish ethics, such as ethics of speech in personal and communal contexts, interpersonal and sexual behavior, financial matters and charitable actions, with attention to the special role of the rabbi in a Jewish community.

Spiritual Direction (PR3330)

Credits:3

Introduction to spiritual direction as a tool for Jewish professionals to empower individuals to develop their relationship with God and their inner spiritual resources.

Bioethics (PR3340)

Credits:3

Study of contemporary issues in medicine, including important case studies and with close attention to the perspectives of Jewish law. Topics considered will include abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, and critical choices in health care. Formerly PRO 440. Same as CP 3340.

Jewish Environmental Ethics (PR3345)

Credits:3

Practical Rabbinics for Synagogue and Community (PR3350)

Credits:3

Practical issues in synagogue administration and finance; working with boards and professional organizations; intergroup relations, connections to Israel.

Art of Counseling (PR3411)

Credits:3

Instruction and practice in the skills needed to be an effective counselor, particularly artful listening skills and a sophisticated recognition of what is required to create a healing relationship.

Art of Chaplaincy (PR3412)

Credits:3

The nature of chaplaincy, focusing on the theory and pracice of spiritual care and developing an awareness of oneself as a spiritual caregiver. Topics include the history of bikhur cholim, developing appropriate listening skills, learning about chaplaincy in a variety of settings, understanding the art of being a presence to patients and residents, and adapting Jewish rituals to chaplaincy situations. Field trips included.

Leading Through Innovation (PR3450)

Credits:3

Jewish Education (PR3460)

Credits:3

Exploration of themes in Jewish education, including learning styles, moral leadership, technical skills, and issues and dilemmas in contemporary Jewish education.

Adult Jewish Learning (PR3461)

Credits:3

Explorations in developmental psychology and adult education theory, in connection with current community practice, to develop an understanding of issues in adult learning. The emphasis will be on how Jewish education can lead to higher levels of creativity, stronger identity formation, and greater involvement in Jewish texts.

Topics in Jewish Education (PR3466)

Credits:3

Issues of relevance to the 21st-century Jewish educator, including new technology, school-community relations, and developing and supervising religious schools.

Topics in Jewish Education (PR3467)

Credits:3

Issues of relevance to the 21st-century Jewish educator, including new technology, school-community relations, and developing and supervising religious schools.

Topics in Jewish Education (PR3468)

Credits:3

Issues of relevance to the 21st-century Jewish educator, including new technology, school-community relations, and developing and supervising religious schools.

Topics in Jewish Education (PR3469)

Credits:3

Issues of relevance to the 21st-century Jewish educator, including new technology, school-community relations, and developing and supervising religious schools.

Interfaith Activism & Beyond (PR3475)

Credits:3

Spiritual Toolbox (PR3480)

Credits:3

Special Topics in the Rabbinical Profession (PR3495)

Credits:3

Special studies in the art of the rabbinic profession, for example issues in leadership, management, or specific areas of work such as advanced spiritual direction.

Mind, Language, Self, & Soul (PR3495a)

Credits:1.5

Special Topics in the Rabbinical Profession (PR3496)

Credits:3

Special studies in the art of the rabbinic profession, for example issues in leadership, management, or specific areas of work such as advanced spiritual direction.

Special Topics in the Rabbinical Profession (PR3497)

Credits:3

Special studies in the art of the rabbinic profession, for example issues in leadership, management, or specific areas of work such as advanced spiritual direction.

Special Topics in the Rabbinical Profession (PR3498)

Credits:3

Special studies in the art of the rabbinic profession, for example issues in leadership, management, or specific areas of work such as advanced spiritual direction.

Special Topics in the Rabbinical Profession (PR3499)

Credits:3

Special studies in the art of the rabbinic profession, for example issues in leadership, management, or specific areas of work such as advanced spiritual direction.

Fieldwork Support Seminar (PR4000)

Credits:3

Seminar concurrent with fieldwork, for discussion of issues relevant to work in various parts of the Jewish community. Required in each year of a student’s fieldwork placement, unless one year is in CPE.

Independent Studies in Professional Skills (PR4000)

Credits:3

Independent Studies in Professional Skills