The Semikha program accepts Modern Orthodox male applicants who demonstrate love and dedication to serving the Jewish people, and who posses yirat Shamayim, ahavat haTorah, and ahavat Klal Yisrael. Students should have facility with Gemara and rabbinic texts, overall academic excellence, potential for leadership skills, an open and inclusive orientation, and high moral character. Specific requirements for incoming students include a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of post-high school intensive study of rabbinic texts or the ability to demonstrate the equivalent of such study in terms of textual skill in Talmud and classical commentaries.
Semikha for Rabbinic Professionals
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School offers rabbis who are already serving the Jewish people with a previously acquired semikha to form a professional association with YCT by becoming a musmakh of the yeshiva. Such individuals should demonstrate an inclusive orientation to Orthodoxy and the Jewish people, a solid grounding in the basic areas required for a Yoreh Yoreh semikha and successful rabbinic leadership. In addition to submitting a full application, acceptance is based upon conversations with the Rosh HaYeshiva and Dean, assessment of the applicant’s current work and experience as a rabbi, and supporting recommendations and material. The program generally requires two years of part time residence, and customizes the curriculum based on the particular needs of the candidate. Usually this means tailoring the halakha requirements and emphasizing areas in pastoral education and practical rabbinics. We encourage interested candidates to write directly to Rabbi Yonah Berman, Director of Recruitment, with any questions.
To apply to any of these programs, please fill out an application.