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Programs - Chovevei Torah, Setting the standard in rabbinic leadership


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 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.

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Meorot Fellowship

What is the 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.

When and Where?
This academic year 2020-2021, fellows will meet once a month in a virtual-learning environment from October – May, hopefully culminating with an in-person event in NY if possible.

New this year, the Meorot Fellowship is by nomination only.  A cohort of 14 student leaders will be selected based upon their proven leadership on campus and their interest in pursuing spiritual and/or lay leadership of the Jewish community. We are now accepting nominations from your local Hillel professional for the 2020-2021 cohort! 

For nomination and application forms, submission due dates, and contact information click here.

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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

Limited enrollment – up to 40 spots available. Click here for more information.

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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.

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. 

Each cohort meet weekly for a year to learn with YCT’s faculty as well as Israeli rabbis and leaders. Two summits in Israel and a two week educational seminar in North America provide peak educational and transformative experiences. The seminar in North American includes studies at the YCT Beit Midrash, a shabbat with YCT Rabbis serving diverse communities, and the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The program also includes an internship element with leading rabbis in Israel, and a chaplaincy training at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital. Participants receive a stipend during the months of study.

YCT Israel is a supplementary program in Rabbinic education. Those who complete the fellowship will receive a Certificate of Rabbinic Leadership from YCT.

Click for further details in Hebrew and applications. We encourage interested candidates to write directly to Hillel Mansfield with any questions.

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