Study at the Conservative Yeshiva focuses on traditional texts such as Talmud, Tanach, and Midrash, and on Jewish Philosophy and Prayer. Learning is conducted in the traditional yeshiva method (chevruta and shiur) with an openness to modern scholarship and students’ interests.

Four mornings per week are devoted to Talmud study. Our five levels of Talmud shiurim (classes) help students, from beginner to advanced, learn and improve their Talmud skills. The fifth morning of the week is devoted to Tanach (Bible). Afternoon classes include Tanach (Bible), Halacha (Jewish law), Mishnah (early Rabbinic text), Midrash (Biblical exegesis), Philosophy and more. The day formally ends with Ma’ariv, but many students choose to participate in evening learning, either in organized group sessions or in chevrutot on topics of their own interest.

Since students at the Conservative Yeshiva come from a diversity of backgrounds, they are encouraged to custom-make programs of study to suit their individual needs. Extra help is always available in order to allow each student to get the most out of his or her learning experience. The Beit Midrash is the focal point of the Conservative Yeshiva. In it, surrounded by reference books and each other, students and faculty learn. The buzz of the Beit Midrash is a unique, stimulating sound.

Chevruta study is an age-old method of Jewish text study in which two students learn a text together. It gives students an opportunity to explore and struggle with the text as they learn from each other and often creates a unique bond between them. During shiur, teachers lead students through a discussion of the prepared text. Students raise questions and difficulties; teachers explain these difficult areas and offer background, skills and methodology.

English is the basic language of instruction though some high level courses may be taught in Hebrew. Hebrew is important since it is the language of most of the traditional texts. Therefore, Year Program students should attain at least level “Bet” Hebrew skills, according to the Israeli ulpan rating system. For students below this level, we recommend Ulpan study prior to the start of the school year. The Conservative Yeshiva offers a six-week summer Ulpan for incoming and summer students.

Tuition

Tuition is charged on a per semester basis and includes all student-related activities.

Full-Time (30 or more class hours): $5000
Half-Time (12-15 class hours) : $2500
Part-Time: (fewer than 12 class hours): $225 per hour

Students who register for both Fall and Spring semesters receive a discount of up to 10% of the combined tuition.

"Lishma Fellow" Merit-Based Scholarships

The Fuchsberg Center / Conservative Yeshiva offers a limited number of merit-based “Lishma Fellow” scholarships to high-potential students willing and able to make a maximum commitment to their year at the CY. Lishma Fellows receive a 90% reduction in their tuition and a living stipend of $400 per month for “Fellows” and up to $800 per month for “Advanced Fellows.” 

To be eligible, an applicant must hold a BA degree or higher with a minimum GPA of 3.2 from an accredited institution. “Fellow” candidates are then evaluated based on the degree to which they:

  • Have demonstrated Jewish community leadership in their college campus, youth movement, camp, and/or home communities.
  • Have participated in some kind of Jewish text-study framework in the last 5-10 years that has inspired their desire to study full-time.
  • Are willing and able to commit to full-time study at the CY and daily participation in the davening community.
  • Are willing and able to take on formal responsibility to contribute to the CY community welfare in a tangible way.
  • Are committed to serving a Jewish community in Israel or abroad immediately once their formal period of immersive learning ends.

Candidates to be “Advanced Fellows” are those who, in addition to all of the above:

  • Have completed a year or more of intensive Torah study at the CY or comparable institution.   
  • Possess strong synagogue skills and are willing and able to serve as “gabbaim” for the CY’s daily minyan.
  • Are willing and able to do limited teaching for visiting groups and/or assist fellow students with their synagogue skills or text learning.
  • Are willing and able to take a lead role among the Fellows.
Need-Based Financial Aid

The Conservative Yeshiva is committed to making immersive Torah study affordable for all those who seek it, and admission to the program is “need-blind.”

Following admission, the yeshiva accepts requests, via our online application, for a tuition reduction or special tuition payment schedule.

The request includes a declaration of the prior year’s income, current assets and financial obligations, availability of family/community support, and outside scholarships applied for and received (e.g. MASA or Yesod).

Evaluation of financial aid requests will take into account:

  • the country of origin and strength of the local economy
  • prior opportunities to do immersive Torah study
  • the ability to impact one’s  local community after their period of study, and
  • whether the learning is “lishma” (for it’s own sake) or is preparation for formal professional/academic study
MASA Grants/Scholarships

The MASA program of the Jewish Agency awards grants and need-based scholarships to students aged 18-30 for study in an approved Israel program (minimum of 4 months in length).

Both the Conservative Yeshiva Fall and Spring Semesters are approved for MASA. Those coming for the year must apply to each semester separately.

Applications are available online at http://www.masaisrael.org/grants/apply.

Note that part of the MASA application must be filed through the Conservative Yeshiva, once an applicant has been accepted.

Support for European Jewish Professionals & Community Volunteers

YESOD JEWISH LEARNING SCHOLARSHIPS

The Yesod Foundation is committed to supporting Jewish community professionals, educators and rabbis in Europe to expand and deepen their Jewish knowledge and skills in engaging with Jewish texts, traditions and ideas. As a result, Yesod offers scholarships to support current and future Jewish community professionals to enrich their Jewish knowledge and fluency.

The funding amount depends on the length of the programme:

  • Long-term programmes (6-12 months): $5,000-$15,000
  • Medium-term programmes (2-6 months): $3,000-$7,000
  • Short-term programmes (2-8 weeks): up to $2,000

To be eligible to apply for a Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarship, you must:

  • Have at least 6 months of experience as a paid professional of a Jewish organization in your community OR as a volunteer for a Jewish organization who is interested in becoming a paid professional in your community in the future.
  • Be at least 21 years old and hold a a BA degree or higher
  • Be a resident in one of the following countries and intend to continue living in Europe for at least the next 5 years:
    • Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

YESOD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

Through this fund Yesod supports Jewish community professionals and educators in Europe to develop their professional skills and Jewish fluency (Jewish knowledge, understanding, and how to apply it in your work).

Funds from $250 – $2,000 (US Dollars) will be awarded on a one-time basis for applications from eligible individuals in the calendar year. The funds must be spent within 8 months of receiving fund confirmation from Yesod. Funds will be paid directly to the organization, trainer or consultant providing the professional development service. Money will not be received directly by the applicant.

Funds will be awarded to Jewish community professionals and educators who:

  • Work professionally in Jewish organizations of all types, including (but not limited to) youth organizations, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), synagogues, welfare and cultural organizations. The work may be part-time, but should be at least 16 hours per week.
  • Are based in one of the following European countries:
    • Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Have at least 6 months of experience working professionally in the Jewish community.
  • Have not already had a successful application to this fund in the same calendar year.

Funds will not be granted for training/learning opportunities that have already taken place or for those that are already supported in other ways by the Yesod partner organisations.

Loan Deferral & Other Sources of Support
Stafford Loan Deferment

If you already have Stafford Loans, you may arrange to have your payments deferred while you are studying at the Conservative Yeshiva. You must request a deferral form from your lender that will be signed by the Conservative Yeshiva after you begin your learning program.

Other Sources for Financial Aid

Your local Federation may be able to provide you with financial help for study in Israel.

Your synagogue, your family’s synagogue or your rabbi may also be able to provide you with funds or suggested sources of funding.

Ramah Israel Programs offers a limited number of work/study scholarships for one semester of study at the Conservative Yeshiva to students with extensive camp staff experience. To find out more, email Ramah Israel about their Lilmod Ulelamed program.

The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Alisa Flatow, a 20-year-old student who was killed in a terrorist attack near the settlement of Kfar Darom on April 9, 1995. The Fund has been established to encourage others to follow in Alisa’s footsteps by studying Judaism at schools in the State of Israel. Awards are based on a combined merit and need basis. The intention of the Fund is to aid those students showing academic promise in religious studies and the need for financial assistance to pursue study in Israel. Please note the application deadline for the following fall is February 15!

The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Amy Adina Schulman, a 20-year-old student who died suddenly of an aneurysm during her third year at Rutgers University. Amy Adina had a strong commitment to social justice and Israel. The Fund has been established to encourage others to pursue the ideals of egalitarianism, civil rights, peace, dialogue, love of Israel, among others, to which Amy Adina was committed. Awards are merit based; however, financial need is also a consideration. The intention of the Fund is to aid those applicants who demonstrate a strong personal commitment to bettering the lives of others.

Residents of New York City, Westchester County, or Long Island may be eligible for free loans. Contact:
The Hebrew Free Loan Society
675 Third Avenue, #1905
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-687-0188
Fax: 212-682-1120

Spring 2020

Tue, January 14 – First Day of Spring Semester
Tue, March 10 – Purim – No Yeshiva
Wed, March 11 – Shushan Purim – Purim @ CY
Sun, April 5 – Pesach Break Begins
Sun, April 19 – Yeshiva Back in Session
Wed, April 29 – Yom HaAtzmaut – No Yeshiva
Thu, May 14 – Last Day of Spring Semester

Note – Those receiving a MASA grant for Spring Semester must participate in the program from beginning to end.
Fall 2020

Tue, September 1 – First Day of Fall Semester
Fri, September 18 – Erev Rosh HaShanah
Sat, September 19 – Rosh HaShanah Day 1
Sun, September 20 – Rosh HaShanah Day 2 – No Yeshiva
Sun, September 27 – Erev Yom Kippur – No Yeshiva
Mon, September 28 – Yom Kippur – No Yeshiva
Thu, October 1 – Sukkot Break Begins – No Yeshiva
Fri, October 2 – Erev Sukkot
Sat, October 3 – Sukkot
Mon, October 12 – Yeshiva Back in Session
Fri-Sat, October 16-17 – Fall Shabbaton – Full Participation Expected
Thu, November 26 – American Thanksgiving – No Yeshiva
Thu, December 10 – First Candle of Hanukkah at Night
Mon, December 21 – Last Day of Classes for Rabbinical Students**
Mon, December 21 – Taamu Participants Arrive
Thu, December 31 – Last Day of Fall Semester

**All students receiving a MASA grant for Fall Semester must participate in the program from beginning to end (Sep 1 to Dec 31).
Spring 2021

Thu, January 14 – First Day of Spring Semester
Fri-Sat, February 12-13 – Spring Semester Shabbaton
Fri, February 26 – Purim / Read Megillah in Jerusalem
Sun, February 28 – Purim Seudah in Jerusalem – Regular Classes
Wed, March 24 – Pesach Break Begins
Sat, March 27 – Erev Pesach
Sun, March 28 – Pesach
Sat, April 3 – Shevi’i Shel Pesach
Mon, April 5 – Yeshiva Back in Session
Thu, April 8 – Yom HaShoah – Regular Classes
Wed, April 14 – Yom HaZikaron – Regular Classes
Wed, April 15 – Yom HaAtzmaut – No Yeshiva
Thu, May 6 – Last Day of Classes for Rabbinical Students**
Thu, May 13 – Last Day of Spring Semester
Sun, May 16 – Erev Shavuot – Special Student-Led Program at Fuchsberg Center
Mon – May 17 – Shavuot

**All students receiving a MASA grant for Spring Semester must participate in the program from beginning to end (Jan 14 to May 13).
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Communal Prayer

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Talmud - Multiple Levels
Class Type: Talmud

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Artistry of Aggadah
Salzberg
Teacher: Alieza Salzberg
Class Type: Talmud

Though the Talmud is commonly regarded as a legal text, it also includes many stories, legends, homilies, and parables, known collectively as Aggadot. In this class we will consider the Aggadot of the Talmud as literary texts that both shed light on the world of the Talmudic sages and contain timeless spiritual and ethical wisdom. Classes will focus on core concepts that inform Talmudic Aggadot, enabling us to construct a veritable Talmudic alphabet from Astrology, Beauty, Courtship and Death to Yearning and Zealotry. We will also consider clusters of stories about key Talmudic figures such as Rabbi Akiva (and his wife, son, and daughter), and discuss the possibilities and problematics of Talmudic biography. Students will emerge from the class with a deep appreciation of the conceptual complexity and artistic sophistication of rabbinic literature, as well as its eternal and ever-evolving relevance.

Haggadah: From History to Halakhah
Kulp
Teacher: Dr. Joshua Kulp
Class Type: Talmud

The Haggadah and Seder developed in the wake of the Destruction of the Second Temple and to this day remain the richest and most observed Jewish ritual. In this class we will trace the development of the Seder and Haggadah from their origins in the tannaitic period through their manifestations in practical halakhah. Topics we will focus on include the dipping and appetizer before the meal, blessing over handwashing, and the afikoman.

The Five Megillot
Hollander-Goldfarb
Teacher: Vered Hollander-Goldfarb
Required Texts: Tanakh, for those interested in Mefarshim: Haketer Mikraot Gedolot (Bar Ilan Press)
Class Type: Bible

Shir Hashirim is the picture of young Shlomo Hamelekh, while Kohelet was written in the end of his life, so claims the Midrash. Where do the poems, the thoughts, and the stories of the Five Megillot take us? From the fields of Beit Lehem to the palaces of Persia, from the glory and angst of love to the futility of old age, from communal tragedy to personal retrospect. Where are you in the Megillot? Let’s study together.

Minchah & Announcements
Communal Prayer

Practicing the Way of Faith
Rothberg
Teacher: Dr. Shaiya Rothberg
Required Texts: Coursebook available for purchase from CY office.
Class Type: Jewish Thought

This course is a workshop in theology, prayer, and meditation. We will split our time between study and discussion on one hand, and meditation, chanting, visualization, breathing and other techniques on the other. The goal of the course is to set our feet more firmly on the way of faith, that is, a life lived in the presence of God. Our study and practice will draw on Jewish sources, such as the Zohar, Rambam, R. Yehudah Halevi, Rav Kook, Martin Buber and Abraham Heschel, and also non-Jewish sources, such as John Woolman, Paul Tillich, Ram Dass, and Eckhart Tolle.

Upper-Level Hebrew Ulpan
Class Type: Language Skills

Maariv
Communal Prayer

Monday
Monday
Shacharit at CY Beit Midrash
Communal Prayer

Breakfast

Talmud - Multiple Levels
Class Type: Talmud

Lunch

The Way of Faith in the Zohar
Rothberg
Teacher: Dr. Shaiya Rothberg
Required Texts: Coursebook available for purchase from CY office.
Class Type: Jewish Thought

The Zohar seeks to wake us up to the presence of God. It sees Torah and Mitzvot as a practical path - the way of faith - that moves us toward self-transformation. One of the Zohar's powerful tools of awakening is its interpretive methodology. The Zohar's hermeneutics construct and deconstruct Jewish tradition until every sacred text is a signpost pointing the way. Another powerful tool is its invitation to re-imagine the world we live in through its mystical-philosophical-experiential prism. In this course, we'll seek to understand the method and content of the Zohar. We'll approach the Zohar critically and historically, and also as in invitation to the way of faith. We'll engage in a close reading of the text in the Aramaic original and in translation, and also in visualization, meditation, and other techniques. (Note: Second semester will cover all new material relative to the first semester. We'll also focus on an additional text, The Gates of Light, which is closely related to the Zohar).

Mysticism for Real Life
D. Silverstein
Teacher: Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein
Class Type: Jewish Thought

In this course, we'll study key kabbalistic concepts such as the Sefirot of the Tree of Life, and learn about their development through the centuries of Jewish texts. Our focus will be on how the concepts we learn relate to our lived experiences, our day-to-day dilemmas, and our regular practices, such as Tefilah, Tzedakah, relationships, studying and so on.

Advanced Midrash
Cohen
Teacher: Rabbi Shoshana Cohen
Level: The class requires a strong knowledge of Hebrew and a background in Rabbinic literature.
Class Type: Bible

What God did Israel actually see at the Sea? Why do people suffer? Is there really such a thing as halakhically sanctioned slavery? All of these questions and many more are addressed in the Mekhilta, the Tannatic midrash on Shemot. This course is an in-depth, close read of the Mekhilta. We will focus on two sections, Beshalach and Mishpatim (Kaspa) in an effort to learn more about the project of the Tannaim, the midrashic process by which they derived and created halakha and theology.

Minchah & Announcements
Communal Prayer

The Mission of Israel: Between Rashar Hirsch & Martin Buber
Rothberg
Teacher: Dr. Shaiya Rothberg
Required Texts: Coursebook available for purchase from CY office.
Class Type: Jewish Thought

Modern Jewish thought is characterized by a reevaluation of the mission of Israel in history. Following the French revolution and the advent of the "The Rights of Man", Jewish religious leaders began to ask, "What constitutes a nation of priests and a holy nation in the modern era?" Rashar Hirsch, the anti-Zionist founder of modern Orthodoxy in 19th century Germany, and Martin Buber, the early twentieth-century Zionist thinker, provide contradictory but also complementary answers to this question. In this course, we will revisit classic Jewish sources through the prism of these two thinkers, as well as exploring other 19th and 20th century interpretations of the mission of Israel in the modern period.

Tefilah Skills Workshop
Shrell-Fox
Teacher: Saralee Shrell-Fox
Class Type: Tefilah

Tefilah Skills Workshop will concentrate on Megillat Esther Trope, with the idea that each student will read "something" this Purim. The remaining classes will focus on Shabbat Arvit, Musaf, and Mincha.

Maariv
Communal Prayer

Tuesday
Tuesday
Shacharit at Kehilat Moreshet Yisrael
Communal Prayer

Breakfast

Talmud - Multiple Levels
Class Type: Talmud

Lunch

Language Skills for Text Learning
Zacharow
Teacher: Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow
Class Type: Language Skills

Students of Tanakh and those who have occasion to read or chant biblical or rabbinical texts often want to learn how to bring each word and verse into sharper focus, to be able to understand them and pronounce them with greater precision. This introduction to the sounds, word structures, and sentence structures that characterize Biblical Hebrew and Rabbinical Hebrew— distinct dialects from modern Hebrew—can help make that happen. Text (copies in Bet Midrash): Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew by Marc Brettler.

Sugiyot of Social Justice
Cohen
Teacher: Rabbi Shoshana Cohen
Class Type: Talmud

Minchah & Announcements
Communal Prayer

Practical Halakha - Beginner
M. Silverstein
Teacher: Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein
Class Type: Halakha

This course will be a how-to-do course focusing on the dietary laws (Kashrut), Heksher Kelim (how to kasher things), Pesah observance, and Aveilut (Mourning Practices) using various contemporary Halakhic texts.

Practical Halakha - Kashrut Level 1
Zacharow
Teacher: Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow
Class Type: Halakha

We will learn in-depth about the holy and ancient yet continually developing world of kashrut. Our constant guide will be the Shulhan Arukh (Yoreh De’ah) as well as additional source sheets outlining the process of halakhic development grounded in the Talmud through the commentaries of the medieval period and the best-known codes of Jewish law and responsa literature. Topics include forbidden tastes, the prohibition of mixing meat and milk, koshering utensils, fish, tithing as well as issues not related to ingredients or processing but whether a Jew or Gentile had a hand in the preparation of foods such as bread, milk, and wine. While studying the traditional texts, we will constantly be widening our halakhic perspective and discussing the relevance to our personal and communal lives as Jews in the 21st century.

Practical Halakha - Kashrut Level 2
Roth
Teacher: Rabbi Dr. Joel Roth
Class Type: Halakha

Maariv
Communal Prayer

Wednesday
Wednesday
Shacharit at the Kotel
Communal Prayer

Breakfast

Talmud - Multiple Levels
Class Type: Talmud

Communal Lunch

Bamidbar - The Book of Numbers
Hollander-Goldfarb
Teacher: Vered Hollander-Goldfarb
Required Texts: Mikraot Gedolot Bamidbar
Class Type: Bible

From year 2 to year 40 in no time, Bamidbar is the book of life in the desert. Not the super events, rather the smaller difficulties. The people mature (or not) and Moshe is gaining more leadership experience than he cared to have. We will use mostly classical commentaries found in Mikraot Gedolot to gain a deeper appreciation of the narrative.

The Anger of God & the Golden Calf
Rothberg
Teacher: Dr. Shaiya Rothberg
Required Texts: Coursebook will be available for purchase from the CY office.
Class Type: Bible

A close reading of the story of the golden calf reveals surprising theological teachings about God’s anger and the need to resist it. In this class, we’ll delve into the meaning of the story of the golden calf through a close reading of the Biblical text with help from Rashi and the Midrash. We will also explore how commentators ranging from the Zohar to the Rambam understood the problem of God's anger in the Hebrew Bible. For the Zohar in particular, God's struggle to overcome anger in order to fill the world with life and loving-kindness has deep existential implications for our own spiritual practice. We are meant to both assist and imitate God in this struggle. In this course, will try to tackle one of the thorniest theological problems in Jewish tradition while exploring its implications for our own lives.

Midrash & Parshanut
M. Silverstein
Teacher: Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein
Required Texts: Photocopies to be distributed.
Class Type: Bible

The sages of the rabbinic period were not just adept students of the tradition, they were also creative readers and interpreters as well. Since Scripture was God’s word, it held potential beyond its surface meaning. The sages explored and developed this idea in a literary religious form known as Midrash. This course will be an in-depth overview of the classic rabbinic Midrashim to the Bible. It will provide the student with the tools to handle and analyze major works of classical Tannaitic and Amoraic Midrash. We will examine Midrash as a tool of Biblical interpretation and as a means for asking and answering “big questions” in the realm of theology, psychology, peoplehood and what it means to be human and Jewish. We will pay careful attention to the interpretive process as it unfolds, in the links between different Biblical texts and the many layers of meaning found in the text. We will study texts from Bereshit Rabbah, Pesikta d’Rav Kahana, Mekhilta d’Rabbi Ishmael and Shemot Rabbah. Recommended texts: Jastrow Talmudic dictionary, Hebrew/English Tanach.

Minchah & Announcements
Communal Prayer

Contemporary Teshuvot
M. Silverstein
Teacher: Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein
Class Type: Halakha

This course will explore teshuvot (responsa literature) on contemporary topics of interest. We will explore teshuvot of both the Rabbinical Assembly law committee, the Israeli Law Committee as well as other prominent individual Poskim. Some of the issues we will examine: Driving on Shabbat, the changing status of deaf people, conversion of minors, truth-telling, tattoos, kitniyot on Pesah, making coffee on Shabbat, and artificial insemination.

Upper-Level Hebrew Ulpan
Class Type: Language Skills

Maariv
Communal Prayer

Thursday
Thursday
Shacharit at Kehilat Moreshet Yisrael
Communal Prayer

Breakfast

Israel Seminar
Class Type: Israel Education

Lunch

Meditation
Teacher: Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein

Hasidut
D. Silverstein
Teacher: Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein
Class Type: Jewish Thought

Hasidut is a revolutionary movement founded by the Ba'al Shem Tov in the 1700s that changed the face of the Jewish world in dramatic ways. It started as a spiritual revivalist movement which touched the hearts of millions of Jews and gradually became institutionalised, like many other spiritual movements before it. However, it has also experienced a surprising rejuvenation and return to relevance in recent years, and is seen by many key thinkers and leaders as a helpful resource in addressing contemporary challenges. In the first semester of this course, we explored the background conditions and early teachings which helped the movement transform from a kernel of radical ideas into a mass-movement that transformed the lives of millions of people. In the second semester we will explore the development of the movement after the first two generations. As before, our primary focus will be on the most radical and transformative teachings and practices found in the great classics of the Hasidic canon, and our time will be mostly spent on studying these texts, with some time allocated for experimenting with the practices they describe and integrating them into our own lives. Students who did not attend the first semester of the class will be warmly welcomed, and the class will begin with some review to help them catch up.

The Torah of Democracy & Human Rights
Rothberg
Teacher: Dr. Shaiya Rothberg
Required Texts: Coursebook available for purchase from CY office.
Class Type: Jewish Thought

In this course, we will explore the halachic and theological vision of Rabbi Chaim Hirschensohn (1857-1935). Rabbi Hirschensohn was a founder of religious Zionism and one of the greatest Torah scholars of his generation. He passionately taught that fighting for democracy and human rights is a core obligation for religious Jews in our era. We will explore not only the Rabbi's vision but also his halachic methodology and theological sources. Additionally, we will juxtapose his ideas to Torah scholars who opposed him, such as Rav Kook. Rabbi Hirschensohn's deeply learned synthesis of Torah Judaism and enlightenment humanism touches on the course issues of liberal Jewish identity. We will seek not only to understand the Rabbi, his sources and those that opposed him, but also to explore implications for our own Jewish identity.

Minchah & Announcements
Communal Prayer

Shechitah Program - שחיטת עופות
Zacharow
Teacher: Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow
Required Texts: Beit David, by David Kamin (recently updated by Chaim Yosef Waldman). The second revised edition consists of three volumes.
Class Type: Halakha

If you would like to be certified as a שו"ב לעופות, ritual slaughterer for fowl, or just want to delve into the depths of a surreptitious and often misunderstood profession, this course is for you! We will learn and discuss the requisite halakhot (laws), the practical aspects of preparing knives, handling the chickens and shechting as well as checking for treifot (signs of being not kosher) and kashering the meat. There will be additional outings for actual shehitah. Students will have to prepare material in advance for classes and examinations. There is private tuition and costs for the book, knife and sharpening stones.

Throughout the year the CY has special days of learning and activities. Sometimes these events are focused around a holiday and other times they are focused on Israeli culture and life. Examples of special events include:

  • Yom Iyun (Dedicated Learning) for Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron
  • Tu B’Shvat Seder
  • Purim Megillah reading and a Shpiel organized by students
  • Tiyulim in Jerusalem and surrounding areas
  • Shabbatonim – 3 or 4 weekends during the year which consist of a trip to an area of interest around Israel followed by a community Shabbat

✔ Want to be highly skilled in ritual, text, and pedagogy…
                                                  …with the ability to work and excel in settings like Hillel’s, JCC’s, day schools, and synagogues?

✔ Want to engage in full-time beit midrash learning…
                                                  …and make tangible progress toward your career goals?

✔ Want to study in Jerusalem with generous financial assistance
                                                  …and then begin earning a salary while completing your degree?

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and the Conservative Yeshiva are offering a Joint MA in Jewish Education that combines:

  • 1-2 years of intensive study at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem
  • Hebrew Ulpan
  • Education courses (online and in-house) at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s William Davidson School of Jewish Education in New York
  • Trips and professional development opportunities in and out of Israel
  • A yearlong professional practicum

Tuition assistance and living stipends are available.

If interested, please contact the Admissions Office at JTS (admissions@jtsa.edu) and at the Conservative Yeshiva (akatz@uscj.org).