Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf Star of David
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The curriculum is designed to prepare both deaf and hearing students to serve the Jewish deaf community. All classes at HSD are interpreted in Sign Language.

The Rabbinical Ordination Program:
  • Five years including one year at Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) in New York City
  • Must develop proficiency in both Hebrew and Sign Language
  • Must pass a series of comprehensive examinations
  • All courses require a term paper or examination. Instructor may require both.
  • Thesis, researched and written in cooperation with three advisors, is mandatory for ordination.
Fields of Study:
  • Jewish Law
  • Jewish History
  • Jewish Philosophy
  • Biblical Hebrew Narrative
  • Biblical Hebrew Grammar
  • Deaf Culture
  • Deaf Studies
  • Comparative Religion
  • Hebrew Language
  • Kabbalah
  • Healing
  • American Sign Language (ASL)

HSD will operate on a 12-month school year, with two 16-week semesters and a 9-week semester in the summer.

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4435 W. Oakton St.
Skokie, Illinois
(Voice) 847.677.3330
(TTY) 847.677.6724
(Fax) 847.677.7945