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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.
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.
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.
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:
Eligible YCT students receive a generous tuition waiver and living stipend package during their years of study in New York City