Core Semikha, Class of 2025
Sofia Freudenstein graduated with an Honours Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto in May 2021, double-majoring in Jewish Studies and Philosophy. Her undergraduate thesis was on assessing Revelation in Modern Jewish Thought, and she also completed her first basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Baycrest Geriatric Hospital at that time. 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 Co-Rosh Beit Midrash at Camp Stone for two summers, and was the Director of Experiential Education at the Drisha High School Program this past summer. 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 pursuing a masters degree in Jewish Philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University., and is the Maharat Intern for ASBI in Chicago for the 5783 year. 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.