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The Mechina (Preparatory) Program

The two-semester Mechina program was created to meet the needs of students with limited grounding in Hebrew language and Judaic studies. The program is meant as preparation for all of AJR’s programs. The Hebrew language component includes basic study of Biblical, rabbinic and modern Hebrew while the Judaic studies component combines an in-depth survey of Jewish history and an introduction to the study of Jewish texts. Mechina classes meet for two full mornings per week for two semesters. Mechina students who are part of, or who are preparing for, our ordination programs are part of the Academy community and are expected to participate in the fall Retreat and in the spring Intensive.

Admission to the Mechina Program is based upon an interview with the Dean of Admissions, the completion of the Mechina application and an assessment exam. Participation in the Mechina Program does not represent admission to or preference for admission to one of the ordination programs.