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RIETS Application Form (PDF)
Kollel Status Form (PDF)
Outside Work Declaration (PDF)
Student Catalog and Handbook (PDF)
RIETS Registration Form
Fall 2016 Schedule of Classes (PDF)
Fall 2016 Registration Guidelines
Fourth-Year Halakha L'ma'aseh Materials (PDF)
Fourth Year Halakha L'ma'aseh Schedule 2016-2017
Catalog of Sefarim in the Main Bais Medrash (Excel)
Map of Sefarim in the Main Bais Medrash (PDF)
The Presidential Bekius Program
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
A. Residency Requirement
Besides the particular requirements of the
program, there is a four-year residency requirement. Students must learn full
time on campus for three years and at least one seder a day for the fourth
Students must learn on the New York or Jerusalem
campus for three years (6 semesters) of full-time study (Sunday morning - Friday
morning) and a “Fourth Year Program” (2 semesters) combining Halakha Lema'aseh
with fieldwork, internships, and professional seminars. At least one year of semikha must be
finished in New York.
B. Core Curriculum
Contemporary Jewish Law – 2 semesters
In addition to the core curriculum, students must
also complete one of the following co-requisites:
semesters of Kollel study in one of the sections of the Marcos &
Masters Degree at one of the following Yeshiva University schools: The Azrieli
Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration, the Bernard Revel
Graduate School of Jewish Studies, or the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. (Relevant
Masters Degrees from other institutions must be approved in advance.) Please note:
A Masters Degree may also be required for completion of the
professional requirements (Part D).
of the RIETS Machshevet Yisrael program, consisting of 12 courses in Jewish
Philosophy (JTH Courses).
of the Joint RIETS/Ferkauf Program in Pastoral Counseling.
Kollel Semesters may, at times, be combined with
Machshevet Yisrael and/or graduate school classes to fulfill the co-requisite
requirement, with permission from the Dean or Administrator of RIETS.
D. Professional Coursework
All students must take
seven core courses (Honors students, however, follow a different curriculum).
In addition, students choose from one of three professional tracks and take the
requisite coursework. This advanced work may consist of courses at RIETS, or
graduate work in a different setting. The requirements are as follows:
Seven courses, taken on
Fridays during the first three years of semikha:
of Professional Opportunities – 2 semesters
Psychology Foundations - 2 Semesters
courses in Machshavah
Plus the following two fieldwork
Third Year Shimush - 1 semester
Fourth Year Internship – 2 semesters
Track Requirements (All students must complete one track. Tracks are declared in the second year of Semikha.)
Masters Degree from the Azrieli School of Jewish Ed. and Administration, or the
Bernard Revel Graduate School.
in Contemporary Rabbinics – 2 semesters
Rabbinate / Pulpit/ Outreach Track :
additional Friday courses in the second or third year
Homiletics or Public Speaking II
in Contemporary Rabbinics - 2 semesters
mid-week courses over the third and fourth years
– 2 semesters
Homiletics Derasha Workshop – 2 semesters
- 2 Semesters
c. Lay Kodesh Track:
For students who are
pursuing semikha, but not looking to careers in avodat hakodesh,
please see the RIETS office for more information.
Students in the RIETS Kollel in Yerushalyim
may fulfill this requirement with a different course.
Certain courses in the RIETS Kollel in
Yerushalayim), Bernard Revel Graduate School and RIETS elective courses may
also be used to fulfill this requirement.
semester of an Outreach course may be substituted for a semester of Successful
Please refer to the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017/5777 academic calendar for important dates, including registration, holidays and examinations.
To find out about other RIETS events, check out www.yu.edu/events.
RIETS Catalog & Handbook
Please review the RIETS Student Catalog and Handbook (PDF) for essential information that all students need to know, including degree requirements, course descriptions, registration guidelines, academic policies and more.
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