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The Beit Midrash

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School has partnered with Yeshivat Maharat to create an innovative program based in our two Batei Midrash, focusing on Talmud skill-building during morning Seder and a wide array of Torah topics during the afternoon. The one-year program is designed to give participants the background needed to join future rabbinical school classes at YCT or Yeshivat Maharat. Applications are now being accepted for this coming fall’s cohort. Click here for more information.

Semikha Program

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. We encourage interested candidates to write directly to Rabbi Yonah Berman, Director of Recruitment, with any questions.

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

Pardes Day School Educators Program & Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Semikha

Program Description

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.

Admission Requirements
  • 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
  • Interview
  • YCT application and interview process
Post-Program Commitment

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

To find out more, contact

Certificate in Spiritual Leadership and Social Impact with NYU

*Must be a YCT Semikha Student to Participate

Today, a rabbi is not just a spiritual leader, but the CEO of a Jewish community or synagogue, responsible for its management, development, and growth. In partnership with NYU and the Bronfman Center, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is proud to offer to its students the opportunity to be trained by experts in the field of social impact, entrepreneurship and cultures of innovation. Through this one-year certificate program, with a degree granted by NYU, our semikha students will have access to the resources of a world class center for entrepreneurship and innovation at one of the foremost research universities in the world.

In this program, our students will learn to see themselves as entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs (innovators who work from within existing structures and organizations), and master a new set of skills that will serve them in their rabbinate. The certificate program borrows from the best practices in the field of educating toward an entrepreneurial mindset and a culture of innovation, using a range of pedagogies to disruptively shift student culture.

Since its inception, YCT has looked to broadly impact the Orthodox and broader Jewish communities through spiritual leadership that engages and inspires by combining tradition with modernity. Our musmachim are pioneers in the field, bringing Torah and Jewish values to people in new and exciting ways. To support this mission, semikha students at YCT receive an unparalleled education in pastoral counseling and practical rabbinics to complement their study of Torah and Halakha.

The Certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship and Social Impact at NYU is an important new addition to the educational opportunities at YCT, an expression of a firm commitment to producing Modern Orthodox rabbis who have the tools to meet and exceed the needs of rapidly evolving Jewish communities.

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