Newsletter 2021 - 2022 - Page 3

A Word from the CEO and Academic Dean

Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first female chief of a Native American tribe . While her accomplishments were vast and significant in making a difference in Native American lives , she is also known for her writings . She is famous for having said : “ Leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people .” What a profound statement that speaks as much to the Jewish community as to the Native American People . It is certainly an idea that we at AJR always have in our minds when thinking about our community specifically and clergy education in general .

At AJR we are always cognizant of our debt to our past , and to the chain of tradition . We know that we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us , all who helped the Jewish community grow and flourish . At the same time , we are equally aware of our commitment to the Jewish community of today and tomorrow . We know that living traditions must grow and evolve , and that leaders of those communities must be prepared to be dynamic , open , and creative . Therefore , an AJR education includes required courses in Entrepreneurship , Conflict Resolution , Science , and Sacred Arts , in addition to our deep training in Talmud , Bible , Codes , History , Philosophy , and Pastoral Skills . We know that our clergy must be steeped in traditional text , but must be able to build on our tradition to face the needs of today ’ s communities .
This commitment goes beyond coursework . AJR has always been known for its understanding of the individual , and for its sensitivity to the needs of each individual student . Flexibility is built into our program to make it possible for people from many walks of life to become clergy . Here , too , AJR is always thinking seven generations in the past and seven generations in the future .
This understanding of the Jewish community , of Jewish leadership , and of clergy education has enabled AJR to experience such rapid growth as to make us one of the foremost institutions training Jewish clergy in the United States . We urge you to join us in our holy mission .
“ This understanding of the Jewish community , of Jewish leadership , and of clergy education has enabled AJR to experience such rapid growth as to make us one of the foremost institutions training Jewish clergy in the United States .”
Join us as we train tomorrow ’ s leaders . Join us as we focus on inclusivity , with a special training program for Deaf leaders and ASL interpreters . Join us as we create programming bringing an understanding of the Jewish community to Christian clergy . Join us as we build our Center for Judaism and Science . Join us as we train clergy to serve as Jewish chaplains in the military . Join us and be part of a very special institution that cares deeply for the individual while serving the larger community . Join us ! Together , with your support , on the shoulders of our past , and with our eyes to the future , we can play a critical role in building the Jewish community of tomorrow .
Dr . Ora Horn Prouser
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