Become an empowered Jewish Leader, confident in your Torah and professional skills, and an active listener with an approachable, pastoral presence.

YCT’s JEWEL (Jewish Educators and Leadership Certificate) Program is a fully-funded one-year full-time program for observant men who are seriously considering a career in Jewish education or communal service.

Graduates will have direct access to job opportunities and professional connections through our extensive alumni network of rabbis and educators, including those who are in key leadership positions in schools, Jewish organizations, and synagogues.

Program Highlights:

  • Intensive Morning Seder in Gemara and Halakha
  • Afternoon classes in Torah and Modernity; Jewish Thought, Parsha, and Hassidut
  • Leadership Training in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Relational Engagement, and Community Organizing
  • Pastoral Counseling training
  • Mentored Internships and fieldwork to apply one’s learning and professional skills in real-world situations
  • Personalized, directed study with major scholars, educators and leaders
  • Professional development funds to be applied to outside leadership programs

Graduates of this program earn a Certificate in Jewish Education and Leadership.

Full scholarships and living stipends are available for qualified students.

Graduates commit to devote at least one year following graduation to full-time Jewish communal work. Students have the option of committing to two years of Jewish communal service and to continue to participate in the program for a second-year.

Qualifying students can also apply to transition into the CORE semikha program, and have their year or two years count towards their semikha requirements.

All prospective students spend at least two days at the yeshiva while it is in session. Visits should be arranged in advance. Applications should include two letters of recommendation: one academic or professional reference, and one personal reference. References should be emailed to Applications should also include an official transcript. Those currently enrolled in degree programs should include mid-year transcripts and arrange for final transcripts to be emailed to upon completion of the semester.

The deadline for 2024-2025 applications has passed. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.  See contact information below to inquire. Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of a complete application. The interview, should it be granted, includes a meeting with the Rosh HaYeshiva; a formal interview with our admissions committee; and a written and oral assessment of the applicant’s Talmud skills.

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