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Programs - Chovevei Torah, Setting the standard in rabbinic leadership


Semikha Program

4 year 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 Ruthie Strosberg Simon with any questions.

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.

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Beit Midrash for Rabbinic Leadership in Israel

Our Beit Midrash for Rabbinic Leadership in Israel trains rabbis in Israel as they professionalize their work and deepen their connections to other rabbis in Israel, and the Jewish community in North America. Fellows combine their Torah studies from various Israeli Yeshivot with the best of the YCT curriculum: unique Talmud Torah, Professional Rabbinics, Pastoral Counseling, a sense of mission to inspire and enhance the Jewish People, and an encounter with unique aspects of the American Jewish community. The program is now in its second cycle, with plans for a third cohort beginning in January, 2022.

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The Beit Midrash Program

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 primarily aimed at semikha program applicants, but also accepts those looking to spend a year in immersive learning of Talmud, Tanakh, Halakha, and Makhshava. ​

Full scholarships and stipends are available to qualified students.

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Meorot Fellowship

For the past 20 years, the Meorot Fellowship has brought together student leaders on college campuses to learn from and engage with distinguished academics, communal leaders, and rabbis. We have worked to develop future Modern Orthodox spiritual and lay leaders – both men and women – through an environment of serious learning and honest discourse.

The Meorot Fellowship is a joint program of YCT and Maharat. Learning sessions include presentations and shiurim, followed by group discussion, placing great emphasis on respect and tolerance as the cornerstones for healthy debate.  Fellows are required to bring some of their learning back to their respective campuses. Upon completion of the program,  participants will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium.

The deadline for applications is September 17. For more information, email

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Kollel for Contemporary Halakhic Studies

The Kollel for Contemporary Halakhic Studies is a four-week intensive learning program for advanced scholars. Geared for Orthodox men with semikha or equivalent level of learning and under the leadership of Rabbi Dov Linzer, YCT Rosh HaYeshiva and President, the YCT Kollel will develop Halakhic authorities for the Orthodox community who embody values of inclusion, human dignity, respect for diversity, and who will impact the community through their thought leadership, halakhic rulings, and scholarship. Furthermore, it will advance the highest level of Torah and halakhic scholarship on the pressing topics of today.

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