Sexuality Issues for Jewish Clergy

Offered by the Religious Institute and Jewish Theological Seminary

Next Session Coming in 2018

Join us for this deeply reflective online course designed to increase knowledge and skills at the intersection of faith and sexuality, which blends interactive peer-learning elements into an asynchronous, self-directed program.

Developed by the Religious Institute in collaboration with Rabbi Mychal B. Springer, director of the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS, this innovative course, suitable for Jewish clergy of all movements, addresses an urgent need among Jewish clergy to be well-prepared when supporting congregants with issues surrounding sexuality.

Topics include:

  • Understanding personal values and history
  • Components of sexual identity
  • Sexual development
  • Life behaviors of a sexually healthy adult
  • Attraction and boundaries
  • Pastoral care around sexuality issues
  • Sexuality education in faith communities
  • Jewish text and sexuality
  • Preaching on sexuality issues

“I have greatly enjoyed this course: the way it took on the subject honestly and openly, the resources provided, and the emphasis on self-examination and reflection. The course has made me think differently about sexuality, power, sex, communication, and so many more dimensions of working in community.”
—Past Participant

Registration and more information

The course takes approximately 30 hours to complete (plus 1 to 2 hours of reading per week), is a blend of interactive and self-directed learning, and draws on the strengths of peer learning in an online community setting. For optimal learning, students should expect to spend 3 to 5 hours per week (including reading) on the course over the 12 week session.

  • Registration link forthcoming.
  • $200 course fee includes a certificate of completion
  • For more information, contact the Religious Institute by email or phone (203) 222-0055 or contact the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS at (212) 280-6175 or