Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute Ordains 23rd Class of Rabbis

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JSLI students are fulfilling a life long dream and JSLI prides itself on making study for Jewish clergy relevant and accessible to all including for Class #23 who hail from TN, GA, NJ, MN, NC and LA.

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Rabbi Blane developed the school to train people who wanted to be Jewish clergy but were unable to attend a 5 year program. The school has always been online which allows more accessible opportunities for learning including for this cohort of students who hail from TN, GA, NJ, MN, NC and LA.

Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute - JSLI - ordains its 23rd class of Rabbis. This past weekend the class of seven students met for a moving and intimate ordination/shabbaton experience. They shared dreams, hopes and concerns about the future and presented their research papers to one another and the Bet Din. Friends and family were able to attend and the online experience made it possible to gather together from all corners of the globe.

Most students are fulfilling a life long dream and JSLI prides itself on making study for Jewish clergy relevant and accessible. JSLI focuses on training Rabbis in the practical issues that face the Rabbinate. The intention is to serve the unaffiliated, interfaith and disenfranchised Jews of today. Each student brings their own unique perspective and life experience to the school which adds to the richness of the program and students remain connected to each other and others in the school long after graduation.

Rabbi Steven Blane developed the school to train people who wanted to be Jewish clergy but unable to attend a 5 year program. The school has always been online, even before COVID, which has allowed more accessible opportunities for learning including for this cohort of students who hail from all over North America including Tennessee, Georgia, New Jersey, Minnesota, North Carolina and Louisiana.

ABOUT JSLI AND SIM SHALOM
Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected. Rabbi Blane leads accessible Shabbat services every Friday night using a virtual interface and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, conversion and life-cycle ceremonies along with weeknight services at 7:00PM EST led by Rabbis.
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Rabbi Blane is the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute, the online professional rabbinical program and of the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities, http://www.ujuc.org.

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization, nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community. For more information visit https://simshalom.com or call 201-338-0165.

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