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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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YCT Israeli Rabbinic Leadership Fellowship

The Israeli Rabbinic Leadership Fellowship is a supplementary rabbinic training program for those currently studying to become rabbis or recently ordained in Israel. Fellows meet while continuing their full-time work or studies at Israeli Yeshivot, with the goal of enhancing their leadership with the best of the YCT curriculum: unique Talmud Torah, Professional Rabbinics, a sense of mission to inspire and enhance the Jewish People, and an encounter with unique aspects of the American Jewish community. 

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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 session include presentations and shiurim, followed by group discussion, placing great emphasis on respect and tolerance as the cornerstones for healthy debate.  Topics may range from Jew and non-Jew, Shabbos and electricity, to halakha and gender, and core values of spiritual leadership. 

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 has passed. For more information, email

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Mind The Gap

Maharat and YCT have partnered to launch an exciting new program: “Mind the Gap: A Mini Sabbatical” designed for Jewish professionals who are headed to or in-between jobs in the Jewish communal sector, with the goals of deepening knowledge of Jewish content and strengthening leadership skills.

Who is Eligible/Criteria for admissions:
• Current or aspiring Jewish communal professional
• Basic knowledge of Hebrew alphabet
• Interested in returning to or joining a Jewish institution
• Can also accommodate students interested in Talmud immersion (track 1)
• Open to all genders

Study full or part time.  Choose any or all of the trimester units:

Unit 1: October 12, 2020 – December 18, 2020

Unit 2: January 4, 2021 – March 12, 2021

Unit 3: April 5, 2021 – June 11, 2021

First trimester will be online. Second and third trimesters could be on-site (with limited online spots available).

Sponsored by the Aviv Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the Maimonides Fund through the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund.

Limited enrollment – up to 40 spots available. For more details contact

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