RABBIS serve Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or Reconstructionist Jewish congregations. Rabbis are the spiritual leaders of their congregations. They prepare and deliver sermons and conduct religious services on the Sabbath and on Jewish holidays. They conduct wedding and funeral services, visit the sick, help the poor, comfort the bereaved, supervise religious education programs, and engage in interfaith activities as well as community affairs. Rabbis serve as educators, day school administrators, religious educators at Jewish community centers, hospital chaplains, and serve on staffs of major religious and social service organizations, as well as foundations.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $50,000 average per year ($24.00 per hour)
- A medium occupation (59,700 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.3% per year)
To become eligible for ordination as a RABBI, a student must complete a course of study in a seminary. Entrance requirements and the curriculum depend upon the branch of Judaism with which the seminary is associated. Most seminaries require applicants to be college graduates. Jewish seminaries typically take five years for completion of studies, with an additional preparatory year required for students without sufficient grounding in Hebrew and Jewish studies. Seminary graduates are awarded the title Rabbi and the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree. After more advanced study, some earn the Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree.