The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Join Forces to Train Rabbi-Educators

Jerusalem and New York City – February 20, 2018 – The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah announced the launch of a new and exciting collaboration. Beginning in fall 2018, the two institutions will join forces to begin training outstanding rabbis who are passionate about Jewish education.

The Pardes+YCT Joint Program will include two unique courses of study:

1)    Pardes Day School Educators Program+YCT: a five-year teacher training, Masters of Jewish Education (from Hebrew College in Boston), and rabbinical school program, which will train exceptional rabbinic educators who will become teachers and leaders in Jewish day schools.

2)    Pardes Experiential Educators Program+YCT: a five-year experiential education and rabbinical school program, with the option of a Masters of Jewish Education (from the Davidson School at JTS), which will train excellent rabbinic educators who will work in the field of experiential Jewish education.

Both of these options offer advanced text study with world-class faculty in the Pardes and YCT batei midrash; Jewish education studies at Pardes in Jerusalem; semikha from YCT rabbinical school; Masters in Jewish Education; advanced Clinical Pastoral Education; unique real-world internships with master mentors; and generous stipend packages.

“Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School is proud of its ongoing relationship with Pardes,” says YCT Mashgiach and Director of Recruitment Rabbi Yonah Berman. “Our two institutions share a commitment to the study and teaching of Torah, along with imparting a deep commitment to the Jewish People in our students. This partnership is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to bring the best educational opportunities to our students and ultimately to impact the Jewish world through their chosen careers in the rabbinate.”

“We are so happy that this partnership has developed between our two institutions,” adds Dean of Pardes, Dr. David I. Bernstein. “Our common goals of deep Torah learning and concern for the whole Jewish world make us natural partners. We hope this will be the first of many partnerships with other rabbinical seminaries as well.”

The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators – a branch of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem – trains and empowers Jewish studies teachers and experiential Jewish educators and leaders to serve as knowledgeable, skilled, reflective and passionate professionals in diverse Jewish settings.

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah – the foremost Modern Orthodox rabbinical school in the United States – trains rabbis who are leaders of Klal Yisrael, build communities that are inclusive and welcoming, and teach a Torah that motivates and inspires.

For more information, contact PCJE Acting Director Aviva Golbert (avivag@pardes.org.il) or Rabbi Yonah Berman at YCT (yberman@yctorah.org).