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The Next Generation of Conservative Rabbis: An Empirical Study of Today's Rabbinical Students

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Publication Date: January 1987

Publisher(s): Rabbinical Assembly of America; Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Author(s): Aryeh Davidson; Jack Wertheimer

Funder(s): Maxwell Abbell Research Fund

Funder(s): Maxwell Abbell Research Fund

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Religious denominations; Demography

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This essay analyses the present cohort of rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Who are today's rabbinical students? In order to respond this questions the authors of the essay conducted an exploratory survey in the fall of 1985 when all matriculants in the Seminary's Rabbinical School and its affiliated programs were asked to complete a questionnaire. The authors were particularly interested in identifying changes over time, and accordingly the findings are placed into an historical framework.