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How Female Clergy Strengthen Our Orthodox Community

Posted on February 13, 2017

Our congregation, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit, a longstanding OU member synagogue deeply committed to halacha (Jewish law) in its fullness, is a living response to that opposition.  Having both men and women serve as clergy and interns, as spiritual leaders, enhances our community’s commitment to Torah and mitzvot.… Read the rest

Rabbi Dan Millner ’14 at the Texas House of Representatives

Posted on February 10, 2017

On Thursday, February 9th, Rabbi Dan Millner ’14 delivered the invocation at the Texas House of Representatives. Watch the video here. Read the rest

Faced With Strife and Simcha, Experts on Jewish Pastoral Counseling Share Insights That Transcend Judaism Itself

Posted on February 8, 2017

Recognizing that the methodology and skill-building needed to address these issues were sorely lacking in the traditional education of religious leaders, efforts began to integrate such training into the curricula. One of the most important contributions to this effort is the recent publication The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for All Faiths by Michelle Friedman and Rachel Yehuda.Read the rest

YCT Statement on Women Clergy

Posted on February 3, 2017

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, based on the guidance of our Rosh HaYeshiva and in concurrence with many other respected halakhic authorities, believes firmly in the importance and desirability of promoting both men and women who seek to become Orthodox leaders in the field of Jewish learning, rendering halakhic rulings, playing leadership roles in synagogues and schools, and serving as clergy.  … Read the rest

Remove the Catholic Church From Auschwitz

Posted on January 27, 2017

Read Rav Avi Weiss’s opinion piece in the New York Times about the Catholic Church within Auschwitz.Read the rest

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Receives $2.45 million from Aviv and Jim Joseph Foundations

Posted on January 26, 2017

Support will help YCT continue to enroll and graduate rabbinic educators and leaders imbued with a welcoming, inclusive approach to Jewish education and engagement.Read the rest

What you should never say to someone who is mourning a loss — and what to do instead

Posted on January 23, 2017

Dr. Michelle Friedman shared her expert advice about what not to say when someone is mourning the death of a loved one, as well as how to respond in a way that’s both meaningful and helpful.… Read the rest

A Pharaoh Who Knew Joseph

Posted on January 19, 2017

This week’s alumni Dvar Torah is by Rabbi David FriedRead the rest

The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling Book Launch Party

Posted on December 15, 2016

Over a hundred distinguished guests, including academics, lay leaders, Jewish communal professionals, and mental health professionals packed into the seventh floor of the Manhattan JCC on Thursday, December 1. They were there to celebrate the launch of an important new book, The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for all Faiths, on the importance of pastoral counseling for rabbis and clergy – of all denominations – written by Dr.… Read the rest

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