278 rabbinical students – from 14 countries and 23 States – will receive ordination during today’s celebration at the Rabbinical College of America. Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau will join the College’s Rabbinic staff in conferring semikha. Many of the recipients are already functioning as ‘Ambassadors of Judaism’ in the Chabad-Lubavitch’s network of Jewish education and social service organizations in more than 75 countries.

The Rabbinical College’s ordination program, Beis Medrash Menachem, is a globally-known center for Ordination studies, attracting students from across the world and has inspired Sen Joseph Lieberman to dub the institution ‘the West Point of the Lubavtich Movement’

About: The Rabbinical College of America was founded in Newark in 1956 and relocated to its current 82 acre campus in Morristown, NJ in 1971. Over the decades of its operation, the College has graduated thousands of students. In addition, it serves as Chabad-Lubavitch’s headquarters in the state of NJ.