The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary was founded in 1984 by the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism with the objective of training Israeli rabbinic leadership that will serve as a model of humility and devotion, equality and social justice, and with the ability to accord spiritual-communal meaning that draws on the world of halakha and the philosophy of the Sages in the spirit of Mishna Avot (4, 5):
"R' Ishmael says […] he who learns in order to practice, it is granted to him to learn and to teach and to practice."
The seminary also serves as a home and important station in the training process of Conservative rabbinic students from overseas, aspiring to make Israel a spiritual center of Conservative Judaism and of world Jewry. Among those attending the seminary each year are students from the Masorti Movement in Europe and from Conservative rabbinic seminaries from around the world such as: JTS, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and the Marshall T. Meyer Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires.
Since 1988, the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary has ordained 66 rabbis, both male and female, all, of whom serve in leadership roles in Israel and overseas.