Aug 28, 2006 — Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future has started its third season of its Kollel Yom Rishon program for men and Midreshet Yom Rishon program for women held at YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights.
Schedules for the Kollel programs are available at www.kollelyomrishon.org. Midreshet Yom Rishon schedules can be found at www.midreshetyomrishon.org. Audio recordings of past shiurim are available there as well.
Each Sunday, more than 200 men and women come from the New York/New Jersey area and as far away as Boston and Israel, to hear lessons on Torah and Halakha at Kollel Yom Rishon for men and Midreshet Yom Rishon for women.
Participants are treated to two, one-hour shiurim (classes) that begin at 9:30am and are hosted in separate buildings for men and women. Shiurim are led by Roshei Yeshiva (Professors of Talmud) from Yeshiva University affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) as well as other noted Torah personalities, including women of great scholarship. Breakfast and parking are provided, and there is no cost to participants.
By presenting shiurim on Sundays to people with busy work weeks, YU gives participants the opportunity to learn Torah with many of YU’s esteemed rebbeim and Torah scholars. Both programs were developed for individuals from diverse religious backgrounds.
Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of the Center for the Jewish Future, said the program helps participants set aside time to study Torah.
“Kollel Yom Rishon and Midreshet Yom Rishon provide a time for men and women to grow spiritually,” Rabbi Brander said. “The amazing dynamic of these programs are that the veteran scholar can enjoy the same class as someone who is new to Torah study.”