Pardes Day School Educators Program & Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Semikha
The Pardes Day School Educators Program (PEP) – training outstanding Jewish studies teachers for day schools since 2000 – is a vibrant and innovative two-year program in Jerusalem that combines intensive text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies with a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College.
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) trains Modern Orthodox rabbis who are leaders of Klal Yisrael, build communities that are inclusive and welcoming, and teach a Torah that motivates and inspires.
The Pardes-YCT Joint Program trains outstanding rabbinic leaders who are passionate about day school teaching and administration.
Within this collaborative arrangement, the two years at Pardes count towards one year of rabbinical studies at YCT, making the joint program a five-year rabbinical studies and Masters program instead of a six-year endeavor.
The Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: holistic education courses preparing teachers for the 21st-century Jewish studies classroom; customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; student teaching at Jewish day schools for one month each year in North America; seminars on Jewish history, spirituality, conflict resolution, Jewish thought and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches; career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support.
The YCT rabbinical school program includes advanced study of Jewish Law, Talmud, Pastoral Counseling and a range of advanced professional training classes and experiences, preparing students to enter Jewish communal leadership as rabbis of synagogues, schools, campuses, camps and health care institutions.
Graduates of PEP+YCT earn a Master of Jewish Education and a Certificate in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College, a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Semikha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.
BA with above-average GPA, advanced experience with Jewish text study and Hebrew language, some experience in teaching or experiential education.
- Online application (separate Pardes and Hebrew College applications)
- An official transcript of academic records from all colleges and universities
- Placement tests for Hebrew language and text levels
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal essay
- YCT application and interview process
Graduates of the PEP+YCT commit to working in a North American Jewish day school for a minimum of three years upon completion of the program.
The Pardes Day School Educators Program is highly subsidized. Benefits include:
- Pardes tuition fully funded for two academic years (includes all courses, field trips and special programs)
- Ulpan tuition fully funded
- Living stipend of $1,200 per month
- Student teaching in North America each spring, travel and housing expenses funded
Eligible YCT students receive a generous tuition waiver and living stipend package during their years of study in New York City