Just over a year ago I decided I wanted to become a rabbi, and I began the process of applying to rabbinical schools. A couple of months ago I announced that I was accepted by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles to begin studying to become a rabbi this autumn. Today I’m happy to announce that I have been accepted to the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York as well.
On one hand I couldn’t be happier about this. I’ve been accepted by two of the finest schools in the world for Torah study. Being accepted to one changed my life; being accepted to both is a dream come true.
On the other hand I now have to make one of the most difficult decisions I have ever faced. I love New York. I love Los Angeles. Ziegler is breaking new ground in the training of future leaders of the Jewish community. JTS, over the las 120 years, has trained the finest rabbis in the Conservative Movement, including most of the rabbis at Ziegler. I have a lot of friends in New York. I can run outside year-round in Los Angeles.
I have about a month to decide where I want to go to school — and relocate my family — this fall. During that time I’ll be consulting a lot of rabbis, doing some serious thinking and serious talking with my wife, friends, and family, and more than a little praying. I welcome any comments, questions or suggestions any of you have.
But for the moment I’m going to enjoy the fact that through a lot of hard work over the last year and with the help of many, many kind and generous people, I have made a dream come true.