The admissions process for Yeshivat Maharat’s semikha programs consists of these steps:
Intake Conversation: Our students range in age and background, are committed to Orthodox Judaism, proficient in Jewish text study, and aspire to serve as clergy in a variety of settings. If you are interested in applying to Yeshivat Maharat, please contact our Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Rabba Dina Brawer to schedule a conversation.
Formal Application: Maharat is committed to giving women a role in shaping the Jewish future. Applicants recognized for their high potential and accepted to study at Maharat will receive a full scholarship to defray the cost of tuition and a living stipend. Places are limited and we encourage you to apply early. See details below.
Beit Midrash Visit & Learning Assessment: We invite prospective students to experience our vibrant beit midrash and innovative curriculum by visiting in person. An evaluation on gemara and halakha study skills will take place at that time.
Interview: Once your completed application has been received and processed, you will be invited to an interview with our Admissions Committee.
The following materials are required in order for an application to be considered for admission:
Completed online application
Resume (optional for current college students) – please email to
Two letters of reference - one personal and one professional or academic. Letters should be mailed to Yeshivat Maharat or emailed to
Official college transcripts and if applicable, graduate coursework transcripts. Transcripts should be mailed to Yeshivat Maharat or emailed to
Photo of applicant – please email to
Application fee of $50 – payable here
Admissions are rolling. Preference will be given to applications received by January 15th.
3700 Henry Hudson Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10463
Questions? Please email us at or call us at (718) 796-0590
Please note: The application does not have the capacity to save your entries while you are working on the application, only upon submission. Therefore, we recommend that you write your essays in another document and copy and paste them into the application when you are ready to submit.