four-year semikha program:


The four-year Maharat Semikha Program combines a traditional Orthodox ordination curriculum focused on mastery of the texts of Jewish law with a robust pastoral education and practical rabbinics program. We provide our students with the necessary skills to be confident and compelling spiritual leaders in the Jewish community.  Students complete two internships during their studies: one in a pulpit, and one in a communal organization.  To learn more about our internships, click here

the yeshiva trains students in:


(a) Halakha and Gemara — classical skills required to be poskot through mastery of relevant portions of Gemara,

Rishonim, Tur, Beit Yosef, Shulchan Aruch and contemporary teshuvot


(b) Pastoral Torah — skills and experience required to be effective spiritual counselors including one unit of Clinical

Pastoral Education.


(c) Leadership Development — fostering the capacity to engage 21st century Jews, including skills in

practical rabbinics, entrepreneurship and pedagogy


The combination of these three components positions our graduates to serve as forward-thinking, visionary religious leaders who are grounded and fluent in halakhic literature and also have a well-developed sense of what it means to be present for another individual or the community at large.

halakha and gemara


Students attain expertise of the following areas of Halakha: nidda, shabbat, kashrut, aveilut, geirut, berachot, tefila, beit k'nesset and moadim in the Belz Center for Halakhic Studies. Expertise is gained through immersion in the relevant sugyot from the Gemara as well as the sweep of Halakhic literature through the present day. Students are expected to amass a certain level of bi’kiut in reading Gemara as well as know how to learn in-depth.


pastoral torah


Pastoral Torah is a unique integrated pastoral, spiritual, and leadership training curriculum that employs Torah texts alongside contemporary social sciences to grapple with key issues of human life and development, while also developing leadership skills of Yeshivat Maharat students.  Over the course of a career in clergy, one will be called upon to tend to the sick, mediate marital and family disputes, and escort souls through the vicissitudes of life. Pastoral Torah creates a uniquely integrated rabbinate—a rabbinate that joins the head and the heart, that recognizes the life wisdom of Torah and the Torah roots of spirituality and pastoral care. The curriculum helps creates a 21st century spiritual leader that can confront 21st century issues that people face. 


Yeshivat Maharat’s curriculum combines pastoral education with Torah study to provide all essential tools of the future rabbi’s tool box, including: listening skills; showing, not only feeling, empathy; identifying one’s own judgments that may impede a constructive response to a given situation; and knowing when and how to refer to an outside resource. The foremost objective of Pastoral Torah is to help students develop their full potential as pastoral caregivers. There is a gaping need for this in the world of pastoral education; and there is a gaping need for a female spiritual presence in the Orthodox world. The components of the program include:

  • Course 1: Understanding Mental Disorders and Conditions of Psychological Distress (2 year course)

  • Course 2: Life Cycles, Jewish Rituals, and Psychological Development across the Lifespan (2 year course)  

  • Course 3: Pastoral Case Studies (4 years, runs concurrently with courses 1 and 2 )

  • Process Group (4 years)

  • Chaplaincy training

leadership development


Serving 21st century communities as a spiritual leader requires an ability to think creatively, manage effectively, deliver inspiring divrei Torah, teach thoughtful and informative classes, and lead lifecycle and other events in the life of a congregant. The Lindenbaum Center for 21st Century Rabbinic Leadership enables students to deepen their skills in homiletics, practical rabbinics, entrepreneurship, pedagogy, and adaptive leadership skills.

for more information please contact:


Rabba Dina Brawer

Director of Recruitment & Admissions

718-796-0590  I