Mission and History
“Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, which is devoted in its totality, למען ידעו דורותיכם, your children and your children’s children, in order to be able to perpetuate a message of Jewish identity and Jewish meaning, from one generation to the next.” Rabbi Jacob J Schacter
Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration was established in 1983 in recognition of a major gift by the Montreal architect-builder and communal leader David J. Azrieli. Our students come from every part of the United States, as well as Canada, Israel and Europe, to attend this premier international center for the training of Jewish educators. Alumni serve at the helm of schools, educational agencies, universities and communal institutions all over the world.
Our mission is to train a cadre of Torah educators who will relay the rich knowledge and traditions of the Jewish heritage with warmth, joy and intelligence. Our student body includes teachers and administrators, regardless of institutional or denominational affiliation, who seek to enhance their skills and competencies while earning an advanced degree in Jewish education.
Our definition of Jewish education is broad and expansive. From early childhood to the university campus to the beit midrash [study hall], from the pulpit to the classroom to the summer camp, from the mainstream to the gifted to those with special needs, our students and alumni serve in every facet and capacity. They staff formal agencies with highly structured curricula as well as informal programs of looser design. Many reside in concentrated centers of Jewish life, while others work to build communal and educational institutions in less developed communities throughout North America, Israel and elsewhere.
Agencies of Jewish education, both formal and informal, have experienced enormous growth in recent years, reflecting important changes in the direction and composition of the American Jewish community. As a result, we currently face a shortage of qualified teachers, principals, administrators and other educational leaders. There is an expanding need for highly trained personnel with insights and innovations who will contribute to the quality and accessibility of Jewish education, while preserving and strengthening its values and practices.
We are committed to the proposition that there is no better, more powerful way to ensure the Jewish future than to educate Jewish children. As our sages declared, "Talmud Torah ke-neged kulam."