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June 16, 1989 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-16

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academic prerequisites in
text, Hebrew language and
experience in living as a Jew.
Rabbi Gordon Tucker, dean
of the rabbinical school, ex-
plained that previously there
were students at the school
with limited backgrounds,
who entered the seminary as
a result of having become in-
terested in Judaism during
"They were sincere and
capable . . . but they hadn't
sufficient exposure to all the
aspects of Jewish life," he
The admissions require-
ment is just one of the many
changes in curriculum at JTS.
Other changes include fixing
the course of study at five
years, rather than the
previous four- to seven-year
term; a seminar which will
concentrate on issues of
theology, prayer and the im-
age of a rabbi; and a field
work requirement for the last
two years.
According to Tucker, the
changes were prompted by a
desire to integrate learning
text with basic rabbinate
skills, such as teaching and
inspiring others.
"The demands placed on to-
day's rabbi go far beyond the
ability to understand
Talmudic passages," said
Hamilton. "There are now
demands that a rabbi be a

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New York (JTA) — The
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emigres who moved to Israel
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highest since April 1988,
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The 549 emigres who made
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cent of the month's total of
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Although 778 fewer Jews
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May's figures bring the total
number of emigres since
January to 17,797, only 1,168
less than the number for all
of 1988.



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