Yeshivat Maharat’s Kollel: Executive Ordination Track ordains women who are already educators and leaders in the Jewish community through a part-time two-year intensive course of learning. The Kollel: Executive Ordination Track provides students with the infrastructure and institutional support to master the halakhic topics necessary to receive semikha, as well as pastoral training necessary to be a compelling spiritual leader. Once a woman graduates and received semikha from Yeshivat Maharat she has the credentials to build rich, dynamic communities, impacting countless individuals on university campuses, in synagogues, and Jewish organizations.
Students will be given self-guided mekorot to prepare for the weekly on-line shiur with Rav Herzl Hefter. We highly recommend completing the coursework with a chavrutah. Students will also take part in on-site intensive learning twice a year during winter and summer academic breaks. Students are encouraged to participate in special programs held periodically at the yeshiva and to become integrated with the Yeshivat Maharat community.
Students will receive a monthly stipend throughout the program as well as reimbursement of travel and housing costs associated with twice annual on-site courses.
All students must pass a series of written and oral exams as well as a pastoral assessment to qualify for ordination.
Eligibility: The program is open to women who have been in the field of spiritual leadership as educators and Jewish communal leaders for at least five years and have spent significant time engaged in advanced learning and teaching. To qualify for admission, applicants must pass an oral Gemara proficiency exam.
Priority will be given to applications received by April 3, 2017. The application is below. Please contact Laura Shaw Frank, Director of Recruitment, Placement and Alumnae Support, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
1. Completed online application for admission.
3. Two letters of reference - one personal and one professional or academic.
Letters should be sealed and mailed to Yeshivat Maharat or emailed to email@example.com.
4. Official college transcripts and if applicable, graduate coursework transcripts.
5. Photo of applicant – emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Application fee of $50 - can be paid via check and sent to the Yeshivat Maharat offices or paid via credit card here.
Following the submission of an application, each applicant will meet with the Rosh Yeshiva for an evaluation of text reading and comprehension skills. Subsequent interviews may be conducted by members of the faculty.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call (718) 796-0590.