Today is August 4, 2020 / /
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.