Taking Torah Learning Across the Country

Yeshiva University Summer Programs Emphasize Professional and Religious Leadership in Communities Nationwide

This summer Yeshiva University is hosting an assortment of learning and internship programs in cities across the United States, including Kansas City, MO; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Teaneck, NJ; Chicago, IL; Stamford, CT; and Atlanta, GA. These summer internship programs and kollels (intensive Torah and Talmud study programs) are sponsored by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), in partnership with local congregations in participating cities. The programs range in length from two to six weeks.

Students on the Kansas City Summer Experience help with disaster clean-up efforts in Joplin, MO.
Students on the Kansas City Summer Experience and members of the local Jewish community help with disaster clean-up efforts in Joplin, MO.

Students participating in the summer kollels have the opportunity to grow in their personal Torah study through rigorous Torah learning and daily shiurim [lectures] as well as to share their knowledge of Torah with their host communities in order to gain confidence and experience. Students will take part in formal and informal workshops with top educators, physicians, psychologists and other professionals on a wide variety of topics with which rabbis and communal professionals are confronted. These programs aim to help students develop skills in public speaking, as well as prompt shiur and drasha [sermon] development, and to experience Jewish life outside of the tri-state area.

Students participating in the Chicago and Kansas City kollel programs will complete internships in a variety of professions for local firms including Kenilworth Asset Management and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Additionally, participating students will lead numerous community-wide social, cultural and educational activities, interacting with the local community.

“Such opportunities allow our students multiple experiences as interns in professions they wish to pursue as careers and to realize how their knowledge and passion as lay leaders can empower communities around the world,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of the CJF.

  • The YU Atlanta Beit Midrash Program: July 13-24 in Atlanta, GA
    • Hosted by Congregation Young Israel of Toco Hills (YITH), 2074 LaVista Road NE, in Atlanta for men and women of Yeshiva University
    • Led by YITH Rabbi Adam Starr, with RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Jeremy Wieder and Rabbi Michael Broide, professor of law at Emory University, serving as co-roshei beit midrash [heads of school]
    • Features instruction on the halakhic [Jewish law], social and political issues surrounding conversion and community
    • Shabbat meals and panel discussions dealing with contemporary religious and halakhic issues
    • Includes numerous community-wide social, cultural and educational activities
  • YU Kansas City Summer Experience: May 31-June 26 in Kansas City, MO
    • Hosted by Congregation Beth Israel Avraham Voliner, 9900 Antioch in Overland Park for men and women of Yeshiva University
    • Led by BIAV Rabbi Daniel Rockoff, a Yeshiva University and RIETS graduate
    • Includes community wide social, cultural and educational activities; divrei Torah; nightly Beit Midrash program; Shabbat meals; and panel discussions dealing with contemporary religious and halakhic issues
    • Organizes full day internships at local businesses including MRI Global — Midwest Research Institute, Children Mercy Hospital, Teva, Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Kansas City JCC, and Metro Title Services
    • On June 12, Tuvia Brander, a RIETS student currently serving as rabbinic intern at BIAV, led YU students and community members on a Red Cross-sponsored Disaster Relief Mission to Joplin, MO to help residents there rebuild their city and their lives following a devastating tornado in May
    • Provides host families and professional mentors for students
  • Yeshiva University’s Denver Summer Kollel: June 29-August 1 in Denver, CO
    • Hosted jointly by the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue (EDOS), 98 S. Holly Street, Denver CO and the DAT Minyan, 6825 E Alameda Avenue, Denver CO
    • Rabbi Daniel Rapp, Assistant Dean of YU’s Stone Beit Midrash Program and Isaac Breuer College, will serve as community scholar-in-residence from June 29-July 21. Wexner Kollel Elyon Fellow Rabbi Etan Schnall will serve as community scholar-in-residence from July 21 to August 1.
    • EDOS Rabbi Marc Gitler, DAT Rabbi Daniel Alter, and Rabbi Asher Klein of the DAT Minyan will also participate
    • Features community Shabbat meals, a community-wide Kollel Yom Rishon, and panel discussions dealing with contemporary religious and Halakhic (Jewish law) issues, as well as social activities for students to interact with the local community

  • YU Beth Jacob Summer Learning Program: June 28 to August 2 in Los Angeles, CA
    • Hosted by Congregation Beth Jacob, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd. in Beverly Hills for men and women of Yeshiva University
    • Rabbi Dr. Alex Mondrow will serve as Rosh Beit Midrash of the program
    • Features study in Talmud and practical subjects of Halakhah (Jewish law); morning and afternoon study sessions; Lunch and Learns; small group learning; shiurim; and chavruta (one-on-one learning) with the Beth Jacob community each evenings

  • YU Chicago Lay Leadership Summer Program and Kollel: May 31-July 17 in Chicago, IL
    • The men’s learning program is hosted by the Hebrew Theological College, Skokie, Il. The women’s learning program is hosted by Congregation Or Torah, 3800 Dempster Street in Skokie. Both are part of the summer programming of the YU Torah MiTzion Kollel of Chicago
    • Led by Rabbi Reuven Brand, Rosh Kollel of the Yeshiva University Chicago Kollel and a YU graduate who received his ordination from RIETS
    • Features daily programs on practical subjects of Halakhah led by local Torah scholars, as well as chavruta (one-on-one learning), shiurim (lectures), and special Shabbat activities
    • Participants will complete internships in a variety of professions and local businesses including Kenilworth Asset Management, Strauss and Malk LLP, architect Dan Coffey, Office of State Representative Daniel Biss, Special Care Inc., Robinson Financial Group, Hadassah, and Moshe Klein & Associates

  • YU Stamford Community Kollel: August 1-13 in Stamford, CT
    • Hosted by the Young Israel of Stamford
    • Led by Rosh Kollel Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim of Teaneck, N.J., as well as instructor of Talmud and Jewish Studies at the Stone Beit Midrash program of YU.  Rabbi Elly Krimsky, Rav of the Young Israel of Stamford, will also participate
    • Program includes daily Rabbinic training from Rabbis and experts in the local community and offers morning/afternoon seders, Tisha B’Av programming and two Shabbatot in the local Stamford community
    • Includes youth programming and other community learning opportunities

  • YU Keter Torah Summer Kollel: July 5-August 12 in Teaneck, NJ
    • Hosted by Congregation Keter Torah, 600 Roemer Ave, in Teaneck
    • Led by Rosh Kollel Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman, Rabbi of the Young Israel of Midwood in Brooklyn, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS and lecturer for the Mazer School of Talmudic Studies (MYP)
    • Includes full days of learning Monday-Thursday, with daily chaburot (informal group classes) given by Kollel Elyon Fellows and Night Seder learning with the community
    • Students attend morning/afternoon seders, run daily youth programming and participate in two Shabbatot at Keter Torah
    • Open to male students only

  • YU Women’s Beit Midrash Program: July 5-29 in Teaneck, NJ
    • Hosted by Congregation Rinat Yisrael, 389 West Englewood Avenue, in Teaneck, NJ
    • Ms. Nechama Price, Rabbi Moshe Kahn and Rabbi Donnie Besser will lead daily, in-depth Torah learning open to all women of the community
    • Evening lecture series for men and women to feature Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Mrs. CB Neugroschl, Mrs. Shani Taragin and Mrs. Yael Leibowitz

For more information on the CJF summer programs contact Rabbi Elie Mischel at emischel@yu.edu.

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