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MJI - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

In 1994 a group of public minded members of the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community formed a Board of Trustees to take over the Norman and Esther Allen Touro College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Congregation Beth-Chabad agreed to sponsor this much needed institution and provided the initial investment capital to establish and accredit the college and to provide a permanent home for the school on the Center for Living Judaism campus in West Bloomfield.

Michigan Jewish Institute is an independently operated institution with its own Board of Trustees. As a private institution of higher education, Michigan Jewish Institute is uniquely positioned to provide career-oriented academic studies in a warm and intimate learning environment that adheres to the highest ethical standards and religious traditions of Judaism. Our carefully chosen, up-to date and balanced curriculums in business, computer information systems and Judaic Studies equip students with the relevant theory and practical skills necessary to create new employment opportunities, enhance value in the work-place and revive careers. MJI also prepares students with a strong foundation for success in advanced degree programs upon graduation.

Since its founding in 1994, Michigan Jewish Institute has pursued a mission of providing an excellent academic baccalaureate degree-granting program that combines an arts and sciences foundation with a concentration for career development in business-related disciplines.  Recognized as an institution of higher learning by the Department of Education, Michigan Jewish Institute's collegiate accreditation has been with the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools since 1997.

Our Mission

The Michigan Jewish Institute seeks to provide excellent academic baccalaureate and other degree granting programs that combine an arts and sciences foundation with concentrations for career development in technology, business and applied Judaic disciplines.  The Institute offers instruction that keeps abreast of changing technologies and is personalized to meet the student's individual needs.

In addition to its general mission, MJI also has the special purpose of providing assistance to those who have completed courses and programs of higher education in other countries or settings.  Within this context the Institute works with the new immigrant Jewish community in obtaining the professional educational skills required for financial self-reliance and independence in the United States.

The Michigan Jewish Institute seeks to serve all segments of the Jewish community.  All of its educational programs are offered in a manner and within an environment that adheres to the highest ethical standards and religious traditions of Judaism.

The Michigan Jewish Institute seeks to promote scholarship of the Talmud and codes, and therefore, in addition to its undergraduate degree programs, the Institute grants certificates in Talmudic Law and Jurisprudence (for men only).  

Supporting Objectives of the Degree Programs

  • To provide in-depth education in business related disciplines such as Business and Information Systems, various Computer Sciences (such as Computer Information Systems and Cooperative Computing) and Applied Judaica.  This is achieved by a carefully chosen, up-to-date and balanced curriculum in these disciplines.

  • To equip the students with the relevant theoretical and practical background so that upon graduation they can be integrated into the business/industrial workforces of their chosen fields and immediately begin contributing to society.  This is achieved by ensuring a constant stress on real-world applications by instructors who are experienced in their fields and by maintaining state-of-the-art instructional resources.

  • To make the learning environment effective and pleasant.  This is achieved by means of small classes and strong personal contact between faculty, administration and students.  

  • To provide a well rounded and balanced education through required studies of the liberal arts and sciences.  This is achieved by means of a carefully crafted General Education core curriculum.

  • To graduate students who have acquired moral values and integrity and are cognizant of the great ethical and moral tradition of Judaism.  This is achieved by providing mandatory courses in the general area of ethics, philosophy and religion.

Supporting Objectives of the Certificate in Talmudic Law and Jurisprudence

  • To provide in-depth education in the system of Talmudic Law.  This is achieved by a carefully chosen and balanced curriculum in these disciplines.
  • To equip the students with the relevant theoretical and practical background so that upon graduation they can be integrated into a rabbinic ordination program without any difficulty.  This is achieved by ensuring a constant stress on the halachik implications of the Talmud being studied.
  • To make the learning environment effective and pleasant.  This is achieved by means of small classes and strong personal contact between faculty, administration and students.
  • To graduate students who have acquired moral values and integrity and are cognizant of the great ethical and moral tradition of Judaism.  This is achieved by providing mandatory courses in the underlying philosophy of Talmudic law as expounded by the Chabad school of Chassidic thought.
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