Core Semikha, Class of 2025
Sofia Freudenstein will be graduating with an Honours Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto in May 2021, double-majoring in Jewish Studies and Philosophy. She has been working on an undergraduate thesis assessing Revelation in Modern Jewish Thought, and has just 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 will be Co-Rosh Beit Midrash at Camp Stone for the second year in a row this upcoming summer. Sofia has been involved in her local Hillel as a Student Leader and Multifaith Chaplaincy Intern, and is currently a member of the Hillel International Student Cabinet. While in the Core Semikha program, Sofia will also pursue 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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