• Barkai Israel Rabbi
    Because of my training with Barkai, congregants turn to me for guidance in personal issues. From a divorcing couple who asked for help in keeping the divorce amicable, to working with social services to help a man with manic-depression get the help he needed. -- Rav David
BARKAI builds strong Jewish communities by training communal rabbis.
barkai trains rabbis

Barkai trains and certifies Israeli rabbis in counseling, abuse recognition, sensitivity training, mediation and more. Armed with these pastoral skills, rabbis are better equipped to support, sustain, and provide for their community’s spiritual and familial health.

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Rabbinic Program

Our two year program teaches rabbis the skills they need to lead a healthy community. Barkai rabbis are better equipped to support and sustain their community’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Individuals and families with a support network show greater resilience, mental stability, and communal health.
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Rabbaniot Program

Women prefer to speak to other women about certain matters. Barkai recognizes this need and provides weekly workshops for our rabbaniot, the wives and partners of our rabbis. Training in counseling, active listening, coaching, communal work and mediation enables them to be a source of support, comfort, role modeling and information for the women and girls of the community.
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Pulpit Rabbis Exchange Program

Sharing their expertise and learning from each other, 6 RCA and 6 Barkai Rabbis will embark on a special rabbinic program spending time in their paired community fine tuning their chaplaincy and community building skills while bringing Israeli and Diaspora communities closer together.
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Lay Leadership Development

A synagogue depends on its lay leadership for active programming, communication with the community, oversight, and smooth operations. Lay leadership builds strong bonds within the community and with the rabbi and rabbanit. Barkai guides and supports the creation of lay leadership with conferences and support throughout the year.
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Rabbinic Program

Our two year program teaches rabbis the skills they need to lead a healthy community. Barkai rabbis are better equipped to support and sustain their community’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Individuals and families with a support network show greater resilience, mental stability, and communal health.
Read More
program barkai rabbinic
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Rabbaniot Program

Women prefer to speak to other women about certain matters. Barkai recognizes this need and provides weekly workshops for our rabbaniot, the wives and partners of our rabbis. Training in counseling, active listening, coaching, communal work and mediation enables them to be a source of support, comfort, role modeling and information for the women and girls of the community.
Read More
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Pulpit Rabbis Exchange Program

Sharing their expertise and learning from each other, 6 RCA and 6 Barkai Rabbis will embark on a special rabbinic program spending time in their paired community fine tuning their chaplaincy and community building skills while bringing Israeli and Diaspora communities closer together.
Read More
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Lay Leadership Development

A synagogue depends on its lay leadership for active programming, communication with the community, oversight, and smooth operations. Lay leadership builds strong bonds within the community and with the rabbi and rabbanit. Barkai guides and supports the creation of lay leadership with conferences and support throughout the year.
Read More

BARKAI in Numbers
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Hours of Training

Synagogues

Congregants

The Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics aims to improve the fabric of Israeli society by intensively training Israeli rabbis in all aspects of communal rabbinics so that they can lead their communities to a more meaningful connection with Judaism and act as a unifying force in Israeli society.

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