Core Semikha, Class of 2025
Sofia Freudenstein is a honours graduate from the University of Toronto, with a double major in Jewish Studies and Philosophy. Her undergraduate thesis assessed Revelation in Modern Jewish Thought. She has completed her first basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Baycrest Geriatric Hospital. Before university, Sofia competed in the International Chidon HaTanach, and participated in the Drisha High School Program, the Bronfman Youth Fellowship, and the Tikvah High School Program. She spent a gap year at Midreshet Lindenbaum, interned for the organization Ayeka, has been a madricha for the Drisha High School Program, and has been Co-Rosh Beit Midrash at Camp Stone for two summers. Sofia has been involved in her local Hillel as a Student Leader and Multifaith Chaplaincy Intern, and was a member of the Hillel International Student Cabinet. While in the Core Semikha program, Sofia is also working on a masters degree in Jewish Philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. Sofia fondly remembers hearing Torah from scholar-in-residence Rabba Sara Hurwitz at her parents’ minyan when she was 13, and has been looking forward to this opportunity for learning and growth in leadership ever since.
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