AJR holds a Retreat each fall that is required for its ordination students, with Master’s Degree and Gesher students warmly encouraged to attend. These gatherings offer students opportunities to build strong relationships within the AJR community, to meet new classmates, and to focus in-depth upon an experience or an area of learning that demands more attention than normal class sessions would allow. Retreats also offer students opportunities to interact informally with members of the AJR faculty, administration, and alumni.
In the middle of the spring trimester, we hold a week of intensive study required of our ordination students on a topic that is of deep concern to the contemporary Jewish community. Master’s Degree and Gesher students are warmly encouraged to attend as well.
Topics for this Intensive program, and for the Retreat, include such areas as practical professional development, outreach, the arts and religion, and contemporary spirituality.