OFO No: 341301

Other names for Religious Associate

Faith Healer
Lay Preacher


What is a Rabbi?

A Rabbi is a Jewish religious leader. Rabbis are teachers of the Torah (Jewish Holy Book).

What does a Rabbi do?

  • writes sermons
  • leads congregation in prayer
  • interprets the Torah (Jewish Holy Book)
  • holds Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, funerals etc
  • gives spiritual counselling to members in need
  • visits the sick and the dying
  • joins in community activities

Are you  . . . ?

  • a religious person?
  • compassionate
  • a good listener?
  • selfless?
  • willing to help others?
  • dedicated?
  • a role model?

How do I become a Rabbi?

The best way to become a Rabbi is to get involved with your local synagogue. Make sure that the ‘calling’ to become a preacher is really what you want to do.

Through your synagogue and Jewish spiritual leaders, they could guide on how to become a Rabbi.



You could also go to some universities to study theology. Check with your local university if they have a Faculty of Theology.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Social Counselling Worker or Genealogist

Is becoming a Rabbi the right career choice for me?