Rabbis are the spiritual leaders of Jewish religious congregations. They interpret Jewish law and tradition and conduct religious services on the Sabbath (a daylong period of rest and worship from Friday evening to Saturday evening) and holy days. Rabbis perform wedding ceremonies and funeral services, counsel members of the congregation, visit the sick, and often take part in community and interfaith affairs. Most rabbis serve one of the four main types of Jewish congregations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. The remaining congregations are other unaffiliated streams of Judaism.

Quick Facts
Duties Serve as the spiritual leaders of Jewish religious congregations
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Religion
Experience Internship
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Orthodox seminaries accept only men, but all other denominations accept men and women into the rabbinate
Career Ladder
  • Educator or Leader in Their Particular Jewish Religious Movement
  • Leader of Large Congregation
  • Leader of Small Congregation or Assistant to an Experienced Rabbi

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