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Undergraduate Torah Studies

UTS: Education and Relationships that last a Lifetime

Three Functions: Academic Support, Spiritual Guidance, Geshmak Programming

With our unparalleled Roshei Yeshiva and rebbeim of the highest caliber, along with a tremendous chevra of talmidim, you are joining one of the finest yeshivas around. Yeshiva University prides itself on its rich history of Torah excellence, middos tovos, and menschlichkeit. Our success in developing outstanding talmidim results from treating each talmid as family. Joining the YU family means you are surrounded by people who are here to guide you, encourage you, champion your successes, and support you through the challenges.

During the first day of orientation, Rabbi Kalinsky will help explain the nuances of our different Torah morning programs and assist you in registering for an appropriate shiur/program. Orientation will take place from Sunday, August 22rd - Tuesday, August 24th. We are excited to welcome and meet you in person during orientation. If you have any questions please reach out to us:
Rabbi Kalinsky: kalinsky@yu.edu or Rabbi Bacon: ebacon@yu.edu.

Undergraduate Torah Studies at Yeshiva University is designed to meet the needs of young men from every background, and with varying levels of experience and expertise.

  • Mazer Yeshiva Program (MYP), A classic yeshiva approach with morning seder and afternoon shiur.
    Schedule: Seder: 9 - 12. Lunch break 12 - 1. Shiur 1 - 2:30, followed by mincha 
  • Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program (SBMP), A chavrusah/shiur format which provides greater topic and schedule flexibility.
    Schedule: 9 - 1, shiur and seder breakdown determined by shiur
  • Isaac Breuer College of Hebrew Studies (IBC), A structured and flexible program built in a relaxed class framework.
    Schedule: 9 - 12
  • James Striar School (JSS), A program designed for students who are newer to Hebrew language and textual study to gain a broad education in Jewish philosophy and build textual skills.
    Schedule: 9 - 12

See comparison chart for more information (PDF)

  • 9 Mashgichim
  • 15 Madrichim-Alumni from Israeli Yeshivot working with New Students
  • 12 Shoelim U'meishvim
  • 3 Night Seder Rebbeim/Coordinators
  • 25+ Weekly Chaburos on Topics Ranging from Rav Kook to Weekly Parsha
  • 6 Year BA/Semicha Program
  • Masmidim Program; 25 Students
  • Weekly Shabbat Programing
  • 5 Vibrant Batei Midrashot
  • Sephardic Program/Edmond J. Safra Sephardi Mashgiach/Monthly Shabbatonim/Rav Ben Haim-Rav Dan Cohen
  • 200 Students in RIETS; 20 in Kollel Elyon
  • Additional Programming

For more information, please see our Guide to the Yeshiva (PDF) and our Student Resources page.

Torah Studies Morning Programs

Mazer Yeshiva Program

Led by distinguished roshei yeshiva, the Mazer Yeshiva Program (MYP) offers an intensive, advanced, and sophisticated classical yeshiva experience. This is the most rigorous of the four paths by offering the deepest exposure to traditional learning. Students engage in exegesis of original Aramaic and Hebrew texts in shiur/chavrusa format.

Our program offers a four-year undergraduate course of study in which Talmudic texts and commentaries are intensively probed in the original Aramaic and Hebrew in a classical yeshiva setting.

The Mazer Yeshiva Program (MYP) was named through a major gift in 1979 by the Joseph and Ceil Mazer Foundation. The program has been in existence as a separate entity since 1970, but is a continuation of Yeshiva University's oldest component, the core from which the university developed.

Although the program does not lead to a degree, specified credit is transferable to all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs at Yeshiva College and Syms School of Business, regardless of the student's major.

The Mazer/Yeshiva Program faculty includes many internationally recognized scholars, graduates of the foremost yeshivas in the world. The program also features a large and growing cadre of counselors and mentors, available to help talmidim as needed with studies, spiritual matters, and other concerns.

Administration

Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky - Dean

Roshei Yeshiva & Rebbeim

Rabbi Elchanan Adler

Rabbi Elchanan A. Adler
Eva, Morris, and Jack K. Rubin Memorial Chair in Rabbinics

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim
Maxwell R. Maybaum Memorial Chair in Talmud and Sephardic Codes (Halakhah)

Rabbi Yitzchok M. Cohen

Rabbi Yitzchok M. Cohen

Rabbi Daniel Feldman

Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman

Rabbi Meir Goldwicht

Rabbi Meir Goldwicht
Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi David M. Hirsch

Rabbi David M. Hirsch
Eva, Morris, and Jack K. Rubin Memorial Chair in Rabbinics

Rabbi David Horwitz

Rabbi David Horwitz
Rabbi Sidney Shoham Chair in Rabbinic and Community Leadership

Rabbi Aharon Kahn

Rabbi Aharon Kahn
Joel Jablonski Chair in Talmud and Codes

Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg

Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg

Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger

Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger
I. Meier and Henrietta Segals Chair in Talmud

Rabbi Harold J. Reichman

Rabbi Harold J. Reichman
Bronka Weintraub Chair in Talmud

Rabbi Michael S. Rosensweig

Rabbi Michael S. Rosensweig
Nathan and Perel Schupf Chair in Talmud

Rabbi Hershel Schachter

Rabbi Hershel Schachter
Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud

Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman

Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman
Rabbi Henry H. Guterman chair in Talmud 

Rabbi Baruch Simon

Rabbi Baruch Simon
Col. Jehiel R. Elyacher Chair in Talmud

Rabbi Ezra Schwartz

Rabbi Ezra Schwartz
Bochein

Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky

Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky

Rabbi Stein

Rabbi Daniel Stein
Perez and Frieda Friedberg Chair in Talmud

Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler

Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler
Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Chair in Jewish Medical Ethics

Rabbi Mayer Eli Twersky

Rabbi Mayer Eli Twersky
Leib Merkin Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder
Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Talmud

Rabbi Mordechai H. Willig

Rabbi Mordechai H. Willig
Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Chair in Talmud and Contemporary Halacha

Counselors and Mentors

Mashgichim and shoalim u'maishivim are available in the various batei medrash for regular morning and night sedarim. They help students in their learning and assist newcomers in their transition to MYP and college life from either high school or Israel yeshivas.

Shiur assistants, senior MYP students, or RIETS students, serve as peer advisers for the shiur members.

Shiur assistants may serve as shoalim u'maishivim for their classmates, offer review sessions on a regular basis or before bechinos, and are responsible for such administrative duties as distributing mareh mekomos, and taking attendance on behalf of the roshei yeshiva.

Information regarding application to all undergraduate schools may be found on the Office of Admissions Web site.

To qualify for admission to Mazer Yeshiva Program, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business, unless the student already holds a bachelor's degree
  • Have knowledge of Hebrew (modern, medieval, and biblical)
  • Pass an entrance examination in the reading and comprehension of selected Gemara passages and commentaries as well as general background in Gemara

Applicants are placed in shiurim based on previous training and ability. Advanced standing is given to those who have learned Gemara in college-level programs at yeshivas in the United States or Israel.

If you have questions regarding the Mazer Yeshiva Program in particular, please contact us.

Talmudic Scholarship

Students in MYP have varied professional and academic interests but are united in their desire to develop in Talmudic scholarship and knowledge of  practical Halacha.

The curriculum's main focus is the intensive study of Gemara and its commentaries. MYP is designed to give students a firm foundation in traditional learning skills and in the mastery of original texts, offer direction in both learning and character and foster an appreciation of the Judaic heritage.

Jewish Tradition

In addition to the core classes in Gemara, elective classes, and lectures on related texts, Mussar and contemporary topics emphasize the continuity of Jewish tradition from Sinai to the present.

Night Seder

An integral part of MYP is the highly successful voluntary night seder in the beis medrash. Students also have the opportunity to attend shiurim in BekiyusIyun, and Machshava.

Batei Medrash

The batei medrash remain the intellectual focus of MYP, as the beis medrash has been the academic heart of great centers of Jewish learning through the ages.

The new Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study has a two-story, 470-seat beis medrash and state-of-the-art study resources.

The Harry Fischel Synagogue Beis Medrash, renovated in 1979 and refurbished in 1998 through a major gift by the late Joseph S. and Caroline Gruss, is MYP's main beis medrash. The Annex (Zysman Hall 102-103), immediately opposite the Harry Fischel Synagogue Study Hall, provides additional study space.

The Rabbi Hyman Muss Torah Learning Center and Beis Medrash complex was built in 1997 to accommodate a growing number of students.

Required Texts

Talmidim are required to purchase the Gemara Masechta that their shiur is learning. This can be purchased at any local Seforim store or online.

Registration Forms

Click here to download the Fall 2016 MYP Registration Form.

Attendance

Our Yeshiva aims to provide a positive learning environment where each student can reach his full potential in Torah study. We provide varied learning programs, reflecting the diverse interests and skills of our students, along with an outstanding array of Roshei Yeshiva, Rebbeim, faculty, mashgichim and administrators who are concerned about the Torah growth and personal welfare of each student. Our faculty and administration alike are accessible to students to discuss their individual needs and concerns.

Progress in Torah learning is achieved through consistent effort, patience, a modicum of struggle, and keeping to a set schedule. In fact, the word “Yeshiva” means to sit—in a beit midrash or a classroom; without disciplined regularity there cannot be growth. To that end, we have formulated an attendance policy to further these aims and to be of assistance to students who are having difficulty meeting these expectations.

  1. Talmidim are expected to attend all shiurim and seder and to be present on time.
  2. Three weeks into the semester the UTS office reviews attendance lists. Talmidim missing more than one day of seder/shiur per week or missing cumulatively four days will be contacted by the office.
  3. Attendance is then reviewed two to three weeks later.
  4. If a talmid’s attendance has not improved since the initial correspondence he must meet with a UTS administrator.
  5. If the problem persists and talmid accrues 20 total absences, withstanding specific mitigating factors, he will be placed on pre-probation or probation the following semester. Extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration when the number of absences is reviewed.
  6. Pre-probation, as stated in the catalog, requires talmidim to take shiur for credit the following semester.
  7. Probation, as stated in the catalog, requires the talmid to take shiur for credit and limited to 13.5 total college credits.
  8. If a student is absent more than 50% of the time, an automatic grade of “G” is recorded.
  9. Two semesters in a row of probation are grounds for possible dismissal from the university.

Shiur Assignments

Shiur assignments are made by the dean or administrator of MYP, in consultation with the bochen. These are based on level and progress of learning as well as on student requests. Changes may be made only with the permission of the dean or administrator.

Students not attending classes officially assigned to them may be dismissed from MYP. Students receiving notices that they have not been assigned must arrange to see the dean or administrator immediately.

Academic Standards

Students are required to maintain satisfactory standards of scholastic performance. Students who miss examinations, fail courses, have generally poor academic records or have excessive absences will be put on probation.

If a student's record does not improve sufficiently during the following semester, he may be dismissed from MYP.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the MYP. We look forward to hearing from you.

Rabbi Chaim Bronstein
Administrator
Yeshiva University
Glueck Center for Jewish Study
515 West 185 Street, Suite 632
New York, NY 10033

Telephone: 212.568.7300
Fax: 212.568.7400

E-mail: cbronste@yu.edu

Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program

The mission of the Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program (SBMP) is to create educated and committed Jewish leaders. We believe that an accomplished yeshiva graduate must have a broad knowledge base in the areas of Gemara, Tanach, Halacha, and Jewish thought.

SBMP was established in 1995 through the generosity of the Irving I. Stone Support Foundation. The program offers a combination of directed chavrusa learning and classroom instruction. Students may transfer up to three credits per semester toward completion of their undergraduate college degrees at Yeshiva College and Syms School of Business.

The undergraduate Jewish studies faculty consists of more than 75 leading roshei yeshiva and academic scholars. Many are products of YU's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). As a result, they are deeply committed to and immersed in the tenets of the Torah U'madda ideology.

Our faculty teach, lecture and publish across a variety of subjects and contexts—ranging from scholarly articles appearing in Talmudic journals to books on popular culture appearing on Amazon.com.

Many faculty members are pulpit rabbis in leading synagogues. They expose students to the teaching and ideas at the forefront of Jewish life. Students respect their faculty not just as accomplished scholars but as moral exemplars, looking to them for guidance on how to live ethical lives. The relationships formed with these outstanding leaders personalize, deepen and distinguish each student's education.

Administration

Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky - Dean

Rabbi Elisha Bacon - Mashgiach Ruchani

Azriel Kuschnir - Mashgiach

Rabbeim

  • Rabbi Aharon Ciment
  • Rabbi Dan Cohen
  • Rabbi Daniel Rapp
  • Rabbi Eli Belizon
  • Rabbi Etan Berman
  • Rabbi Etan Schnall
  • Rabbi Meir Goldwicht
  • Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg
  • Rabbi Shmuel Ismach
  • Rabbi Yehuda Willig

Students applying to Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business also apply to a Jewish studies morning program. Within that, you may choose to apply to the Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program (SBMP).

For complete information, contact the Office of Admissions.

To qualify for admission to SBMP, you must be interviewed by a member of the administration of Undergraduate Jewish Studies. You must also demonstrate proficiency in reading and comprehension of selected Gemara passages as well as a general background in Gemara study.

Gemara learning B'iyun (in depth) is the core component of BMP. Talmidim start the morning with seder in the beis medrash guided by shiur assistants, followed by shiur. The goal of Gemara study is for students to attain foundational skills they can take with them beyond graduation, in such settings as Daf Yomi, community kollelim, and chavrusa learning.

Tanach and Halacha are mixed in with the BMP curriculum. Tanach study revolves around central stories and themes, as expounded by the classic commentaries. The Halacha component focuses on the basic laws crucial throughout a Jew's life, including the laws of Shabbos, Kashrus, Taharas HaMishpacha (family purity law), daily life, and shul, etc.

Shiurim also include other focus areas such as mussar, Neviim Rishonim and parsha vorts/shmoozes.

Short Sunday shiurim are a vital component of building students' skillset and commitment to Jewish learning. Different shiurim utilize the sunday schedule for different topics. Some are learn Gemara bikiyus, others are dedicated to Jewish thought, focusing on both classic as well as contemporary issues.

Required Texts

Talmidim are required to purchase the Gemara Masechta that their shiur is learning. This can be purchased at any local Seforim store or online.

All students must simultaneously attend Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business.

Attendance

BMP Attendance Policy (PDF)

Our Yeshiva aims to provide a positive learning environment where each student can reach his full potential in Torah study. We provide varied learning programs, reflecting the diverse interests and skills of our students, along with an outstanding array of Roshei Yeshiva, Rebbeim, faculty, mashgichim and administrators who are concerned about the Torah growth and personal welfare of each student. Our faculty and administration alike are accessible to students to discuss their individual needs and concerns.

Progress in Torah learning is achieved through consistent effort, patience, a modicum of struggle, and keeping to a set schedule. In fact, the word “Yeshiva” means to sit—in a beit midrash or a classroom; without disciplined regularity there cannot be growth. To that end, we have formulated an attendance policy to further these aims and to be of assistance to students who are having difficulty meeting these expectations.

  1. Talmidim are expected to attend all shiurim and seder and to be present on time.
  2. Three weeks into the semester the UTS office reviews attendance lists. Talmidim missing more than one day of seder/shiur per week or missing cumulatively four days will be contacted by the office.
  3. Attendance is then reviewed two to three weeks later.
  4. If the talmid’s attendance has not improved since the initial correspondence, he must meet with a UTS administrator.
  5. If the problem persists and talmid accrues the equivalent of 15 total absent days (forty-five total periods including shiur and seder), withstanding specific mitigating factors, he will be placed on probation the following semester. Extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration when the number of absences is reviewed.
  6. Ten minutes late is the equivalent to ½ absent, twenty minutes late is the equivalent to absent.
  7. Students are expected to give their full attention to the class. Students that are texting or surfing the web during class will be marked absent.
  8. Probation, as stated in the catalog, requires the talmid to take shiur for credit and limited to 13.5 total college credits.
  9. If a student is absent more than 50% of the time, an automatic grade of “G” is recorded for the course.
  10. Two semesters in a row of probation are grounds for possible dismissal from the university.

Grades

We expect students to maintain a passing grade average in order to continue in the program.

The attendance record may be taken into account when determining a student's status in the University. Continued unexcused absences will result in the student being dropped from the course with a grade of G. This can lead to probation or academic dismissal from the college.

Examinations

Midterm and final examinations are required in each course.

Daily Schedule

Click here for BMP's Daily Schedule (PDF)

Please contact us if you have any questions about the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky
Dean
Yeshiva University
Glueck Center for Jewish Study
515 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033

Telephone: 646.592.4068
Fax: 212.568.7400

E-mail: sbmp@yu.edu

Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies

The school was named in 1982 in recognition of a major gift by the late Hermann Merkin and his wife, Ursula, in memory of her father, Isaac Breuer. IBC does not have the traditional emphasis on Talmud. Instead we offer high-level courses in areas including Bible, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy, Hebrew language and literature, Jewish law and Talmud. These classes provide valuable training in the use of primary sources, research methods and independent work.

Courses unique to IBC include History of the Ancient Near East, Modern Jewish Problems: Medicine, Sephardic Life Cycle, Judaism and Culture, Hasidism, and Belief and Religious Commitment. We test all incoming students and place them in appropriately challenging classes. As students progress, they are given the opportunity to choose more of their classes and to focus on specific areas of interest.

World-renowned scholars, lecturers, authors and talmidei chachamim teach IBC classes. Students benefit from our program's association with other affiliates and schools in the University, including Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Students also benefit from exposure to New York City's wealth of educational and cultural facilities.

Our faculty and students seek to create an atmosphere that provides and promotes the highest standards of ethical conduct and scholarship in the achievement of personal and professional goals.

The IBC faculty includes roshei yeshiva [professors of Talmud], leading academics from Yeshiva University's renowned graduate schools and affiliates, and other distinguished scholars.

Administration

Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky - Dean

Faculty

  • Rabbi Hayyim Angel
  • Rabbi David Bashevkin 
  • Rabbi Benjamin Blech
  • Rabbi Yosef Bronstein
  • Rabbi Gabriel Danieli 
  • Rabbi Reuven Fink
  • Rabbi Meir Goldwicht
  • Dr. Chaviva Levin
  • Dr. Ari Mermelstein
  • Rabbi Zev Reichman
  • Rabbi Beny Rofeh
  • Rabbi Zvi Romm
  • Rabbi Itamar Rosensweig
  • Rabbi Allen Schwartz
  • Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank

Students applying to Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business apply to a Jewish Studies morning program at the same time. For this, you may choose the Isaac Breuer College.

You may obtain complete information about the application process from the Office of Admissions.

To qualify for admission to IBC, you must be a graduate of a Jewish all-day high school or have completed the equivalent work. You must also be interviewed by a member of the administration of Undergraduate Jewish Studies.

Candidates may be considered for Early Admission.

The program offers a full array of classical Judaic courses in areas ranging from Bible and Hebrew to Talmud, Jewish philosophy, Halacha [Jewish law] and Jewish history.

Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Students transfer 3 credits to either Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business. These credits represent a cumulative grade of their work in IBC. Students may take a series of electives beyond the required IBC courses, leading to an Associate of Arts degree upon graduation.

Students can elect to take any courses in IBC, from Jewish Philosophy and Jewish History to Talmud and Halacha in any given semester (with the exception of first year students, who must take the First Year Seminar).

IBC students can choose to take courses that also fulfill their Jewish Studies requirements for Yeshiva College and the Sy Syms School of Business in IBC. Alternatively, they may take these courses after 1:00 PM if they so choose. Please check the IBC schedule closely to see which courses can be used to fulfill YC or SSSB requirements. Please note that the requirements also differ slightly between YC and SSSB.

Requirements

  • Yeshiva College Jewish Studies Requirements (PDF)
  • Sy Syms Jewish Studies Requirements (PDF)
  • Degree Requirements for Associate of Arts (AA)
    • Course and credit requirements: Successful completion of the courses required of all students as listed above plus twelve additional courses distributed as follows: one semester of BIB and eleven more elective courses chosen from JHI, JPH, JUD, and TAL.
    • Residence requirement: Full-time residency at Isaac Breuer College for at least four semesters.
    • Grade requirement: A minimum cumulative average of 2.0
    • Administrative requirements: The prior or simultaneous receipt of a BA or BS degree from yeshiva College or the SYMS School of Business. Each student must have filed an application for degree during the registration period of the semester in which he completes all requirements.

IBC Final Schedule Spring 2020

Download the 2020 IBC Spring Schedule

Course Handouts

Rabbi Yosef Bronstein
Rabbi Zev Reichman
Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Required Texts

Talmidim are required to purchase the Talmudic Tractate that their shiur [lecture] is learning. These can be purchased at any local Seforim store as well online.

Built on conversations with students interested in serious learning of a variety of Torah texts, the IBC Honors track was launched in the spring semester of 2013 to offer students the opportunity to study Halacha, Tanakh, Jewish philosophy, Jewish history and Talmud at an advanced level. Open to all IBC students, honors courses feature in-depth study stressing both textual analysis and fascinating in-class discussion. Courses offer the best of both classroom and beit midrash settings. Students are expected to have proficiency in reading Hebrew texts and develop a true appreciation for the beauty of Torah study. Courses are taught by the IBC faculty along with faculty from other departments within the University.

Residence

Students must register for at least 12.5 credit hours within the program each semester. The cumulative index of these courses will transfer as three HES credits in the student's college record.

Grade

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 2.0 (C).

Administrative

Enrollment requirements include the prior or simultaneous receipt of a BA or BS degree from Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business.

Each student must have filed an Application for Degree during the registration period of the semester in which he completes all requirements.

Attendance

IBC Attendance Policy

Our Yeshiva aims to provide a positive learning environment where each student can reach his full potential in Torah study. We provide varied learning programs, reflecting the diverse interests and skills of our students, along with an outstanding array of Roshei Yeshiva, Rebbeim, professors, faculty, mashgichim and administrators who are concerned about the Torah growth and personal welfare of each student. Our faculty and administration alike are accessible to students to discuss their individual needs and concerns.

Progress in Torah learning is achieved through consistent effort, patience, a modicum of struggle, and keeping to a set schedule. In fact, the word “Yeshiva” means to sit—in a beit midrash or a classroom; without disciplined regularity there cannot be growth. To that end, we have formulated an attendance policy to further these aims and to be of assistance to students who are having difficulty meeting these expectations.

  1. Students are expected to attend all classes and to be present promptly on time.
  2. Two-three weeks into the semester attendance lists are compiled and submitted to the office.
  3. Students missing more than two periods of class per week are contacted by the office.
  4. Attendance is then reviewed two weeks later. If the student’s attendance has not improved since the warning, he must meet with a UTS administrator.
  5. Students are able to accrue up to four absences for courses that meet twice a week and eight absences for courses that meet four times a week without penalty.
  6. Beyond the allowable number of absences the instructor will lower a student’s final grade.
  7. Ten minutes late is the equivalent to ½ absent, twenty minutes late is the equivalent to absent.
  8. Students are expected to give their full attention to the class. Students that are texting or surfing the web during class will be marked absent.
  9. If a student is absent more than 50% of the course, an automatic grade of “G” is recorded and the student does not pass the course.
  10. Students with a final semester GPA below 2.0 are subject to probation.
  11. Two semesters in a row of probation are grounds for possible dismissal from the university.

Please contact us if you have any questions about Isaac Breuer College. We look forward to hearing from you.

Yeshiva University Undergraduate Torah Studies
Glueck Center for Jewish Study, Suite 632
515 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033

Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky
Dean
646.592.4068
kalinsky@yu.edu  

Rabbi Ely Bacon
Mashgiach Ruchani
Glueck 313
646.592.4069
ebacon@yu.edu

James Striar School of General Jewish Studies

Yeshiva University's James Striar School of General Jewish Studies is for students less familiar with Hebrew language and textual study, who desire a broad-based Jewish philosophical and textual education. It confers the Associate of Arts degree.

Led by a dynamic and caring faculty combined with daily mentoring from rabbinical students, this program nurtures and supports its students. We enable motivated young men to discover and reclaim their heritage through stimulating and intellectually challenging courses in Jewish studies.

Our faculty and staff believe the key to a successful Torah learning experience is creating a warm relationship between students and teachers. To help create such a bond, we guide each student toward an individualized course of study. To register, students meet with the Director, who evaluates the student's skills and interests and then pairs him with teachers.

Class are small and intimate. Teachers serve as advisers on an ongoing basis. Many share their phone numbers with their students, and all treat students with respect, concern and regard. Many teachers live on campus and on a regular basis open their homes to host students in the program. The regular off-campus weekend retreats also provide opportunities for students to learn from teachers and friends in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

Our dynamic, caring faculty and staff are committed to student growth.

Daily mentoring by YU's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary helps our students progress from basic to more advanced levels of Jewish learning in systematic stages based upon individual growth and achievement.

Administration

  • Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky - Dean
  • Rabbi Yonason Shippel - Rosh Yeshiva
  • Rabbi Jon Green - Director
  • Rabbi Matt LeVee - Administrator 

Faculty

  • Rabbi Mordechai Becher
  • Rabbi Doniel Lerner
  • Rabbi Yitz Liberman
  • Rabbi Uri Orlian
  • Professor Haim Sober
  • Rabbi Simcha Willig 
  • Rabbi Benjamin Yudin

To earn an Associate of Arts degree in Judaic studies from the JSS Program along with a bachelor's degree from Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business, a student must fulfill a six-semester residence requirement in the JSS Program.

The program's curriculum emphasizes fundamental proficiency in classical Jewish texts, courses in Hebrew language, Jewish history, Talmud, Hasidism, Ashkenazic and Sephardic laws and customs, mysticism, Jewish ethical movements and Jewish philosophy and thought.

We encourage students to ask questions and develop their own paths to Jewish knowledge and observance.

Students must register for the Weekday Service course and at least 18 credit hours within the program each semester. The cumulative index of these courses will transfer as three HES credits in the student's college record. If a student registers for 21 credit hours in a semester, the courses will transfer as four HES credits. Upon successful completion of coursework, a JSS student is able to:

  • Read classical Hebrew texts on his own
  • Decipher any page of Talmud
  • Read and analyze Rashi's commentary to the Bible
  • Display mastery of a broad range of traditional observances and customs

Attendance

Our Yeshiva aims to provide a positive learning environment where each student can reach his full potential in Torah study. We provide varied learning programs, reflecting the diverse interests and skills of our students, along with an outstanding array of Roshei Yeshiva, Rebbeim, faculty, mashgichim and administrators who are concerned about the Torah growth and personal welfare of each student. Our faculty and administration alike are accessible to students to discuss their individual needs and concerns.

Progress in Torah learning is achieved through consistent effort, patience, a modicum of struggle, and keeping to a set schedule.  In fact, the word “Yeshiva” means to sit—in a beit midrash or a classroom; without disciplined regularity there cannot be growth. To that end, we have formulated an attendance policy to further these aims and to be of assistance to students who are having difficulty meeting these expectations.

  1. Students are expected to attend all classes and to be present promptly on time.
  2. Two-three weeks into the semester attendance lists are compiled and submitted to the office.
  3. Students missing more than two periods of class per week are contacted by the office.
  4. Attendance is then reviewed two weeks later. If the student’s attendance has not improved since the warning, he must meet with a UTS administrator.
  5. Students are able to accrue up to four absences for courses that meet twice a week and eight absences for courses that meet four times a week without penalty.
  6. Beyond the allowable number of absences the instructor can lower a student’s final grade.
  7. Ten minutes late is the equivalent to ½ absent, twenty minutes late is the equivalent to absent.
  8. Students are expected to give their full attention to the class. Students that are texting or surfing the web during class will be marked absent.
  9. If a student is absent more than 50% of the course, an automatic grade of “G” is recorded and the student does not pass the course.
  10. Students with a final semester GPA below 2.0 are subject to probation.
  11. Two semesters in a row of probation are grounds for possible dismissal from the university.

Probation

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 2.0 (C). To remain at Yeshiva University, students must maintain a satisfactory academic level in the Mechinah Program. Failure in any course in the program results in a student being placed on Judaic Studies probation for the next semester.

A student on probation in the Mechinah Program must pass all his Judaic Studies courses. He may not accept employment outside Yeshiva University, and he may not participate in extracurricular activities that might distract him from his studies.

If the student does not fulfill these terms, he may be dismissed from the Mechinah Program and Yeshiva University.

Students applying to Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business also apply to a Jewish studies morning program and may choose the James Striar School.

You may obtain complete information about the application process from the Office of Admissions.

If you have questions about the James Striar School in particular, please contact us. We are happy to help in any way we can.

If you would like to receive by mail a complete information package, including information on housing and financial aid, please fill out this form.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the JSS Program. We look forward to hearing from you.

yuadmit@yu.edu 
646-592-4440

James Striar School
Yeshiva University
Wilf Campus – Glueck Center, 6th Floor
515 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
Telephone: 212.740.4264
Fax: 212.740.1654

Masmidim Honors Program

The Yeshiva University Masmidim Honors Program, under the aegis of the Mazer Yeshiva Program (MYP), offers accelerated study and scholarship support to a small group of budding Torah scholars. We seek to identify exceptional incoming students each year who demonstrate potential to become genuine talmidei chochomim.

Students have the opportunity to maximize their potential through a rigorous learning schedule and curriculum, within the framework of the University's unique commitment to Torah U'madda. Upon graduation, our students receive Masmidim Program notation.

Directed by Rabbi Mayer Twersky, a renowned talmid chochom and rosh yeshiva, the program offers significant scholarships, up to $25,000. The program includes advanced learning, mentorship, and bechinos.

The undergraduate Jewish studies faculty consists of more than 75 leading roshei yeshiva and academic scholars. Many are products of YU's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). As a result, they are deeply committed to and immersed in the tenets of the Torah U'madda ideology.

Our faculty teach, lecture, and publish across a variety of subjects and contexts—ranging from scholarly articles appearing in Talmudic journals to books on popular culture appearing on Amazon.com.

Many faculty members are pulpit rabbis in leading synagogues. They expose students to the teachings and ideas at the forefront of Jewish life. Students respect their faculty not just as accomplished scholars but as moral exemplars, looking to them for guidance on how to live ethical lives. The relationships formed with these outstanding leaders personalize, deepen, and distinguish each student's education.

Resources

Administration

  • Rabbi Menachem Penner
    Max and Marion Grill Dean
    Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Undergraduate Jewish Studies
  • Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky
    Associate Dean
    Undergraduate Torah Studies - Yeshiva University
  • Rabbi Zevulun Charlop
    Dean Emeritus,
    Rabbi Isaac Echanan Theological Seminary

Faculty

  • Rabbi Mayer Twersky
    Director, Yeshiva Masmidim Honors Program and Leib Merkin Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy
  • Rabbi Yaakov Werblowsky
    BA, MS, Yeshiva University; Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; Wexner Kollel Elyon
  • Rabbi Ari Zahtz
    BA, Yeshiva University; Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; Wexner Kollel Elyon
  • Rabbi Michoel Zylberman
    BA, MS, Yeshiva University; Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; Wexner Kollel Elyon

The program is open to students who have applied to Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business.

Click here for the Masmidim Honors application form.

Process

The admissions process for the Masmidim Honors Program includes:

  • An application
  • Interviews with Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Michael Rosensweig and Rabbi Mayer Twersky
  • Two letters of recommendation

Timeline

  • The application and letters of recommendation must be submitted by January 22nd prior to the fall term in which the student will be entering the program.
  • Bechinos will be administered mid February in New York and Israel.  Applicants will be notified of their decision in early April.
  • Admitted talmidim must formally accept in writing. (This may be done via e-mail.)
  • Talmidim may not defer their awards to, or begin their studies in the spring semester.

To learn more, please contact us.

Rabbi Mayer Twersky and other Masmidim Honors Program faculty members, including Rabbi Yaakov Werblowsky, Rabbi Ari Zahtz and Rabbi Michoel Zylberman, mentor students. Together, they help the young men work to achieve their full potential in learning.

The Masmidim Honors Program incorporates a number of responsibilities beyond the regular Mazer/Yeshiva Program curriculum. This fosters the shleimus we seek for our talmidim:

  • Bekius expectation of a minimum of sixty blatt of gemara per year with Rashi and Tosafos (beyond what is covered in their Iyun shiur, and when possible within the Yeshiva's mesechta) with bechinos
  • Written sikumim (in Hebrew) of some sugyos assigned from shiur [lecture] or bekius
  • Weekly tests on the Parsha, Rashi and Onkolos
  • Weekly hashkafa chaburah given by Rabbi Twersky
  • Coordinated mussar seder

Expectations increase over the course of the program. The Chumash requirement, for example, expands to include the study of selected passages of Ramban in the second year.

Time Commitment

Additional mandatory learning times beyond the usual morning and night seder include:

  • Friday morning seder from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Elul Zman
  • June Zman

Talmidim must remain in Yeshiva at the following times:

  • Yomim Noraim
  • Shavuot
  • Two out of every four Shabbosos. (In-Shabbosos will feature sedarim and/or shiurim [lectures].)

Summers

Talmidim are not required to stay at Yeshiva University for the summer, but we expect talmidim to be involved in full-time learning, other than a traditional bain hazmanim (two or three weeks).

Rabbi Twersky will meet with talmidim to discuss and guide them in their specific summer plans.

Program Maintenance and Secular Studies

To remain eligible for the program, talmidim must maintain the following standards:

  • 90 average on Masmidim Program bechinos
  • 3.4 GPA in Yeshiva College or Sy Syms School of Business
  • Appropriate progress in the regular MYP shiur, in keeping with the expectations of honors students
  • Requirements for a class in which a student receives an incomplete mark must be fulfilled within four weeks of the next semester

To allow excellence in all aspects of study, talmidim will take between 12 and 16 credits per semester, subject to approval of Rabbi Twersky. Students must remain in the program three years and are encouraged to allow four years for college, beyond their studies in Israel.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the Yeshiva Masmidim Honors Program. We look forward to hearing from you.

Rabbi Ari Zahtz - Director

Glueck Center for Jewish Study, Suite 632
515 West 185 Street
New York, NY 10033
Telephone: 646-592-4455
E-mail: azahtz@yu.edu 
Fax: 646-592-4060 

Undergraduate Chabura

The Chabura offers interested incoming YU talmidim the opportunity to significantly expand your learning during your undergrad years. Chabura members opt to complete college more gradually - 3 years' worth of school over the course of 4 years. This opens up time in the afternoon for a partial afternoon seder - now you're learning 3 sedarim a day for 4 years, instead of 2 sedarim a day for 3 years.

Moreover, in addition to increasing the quantity of your learning – an additional year learning in yeshiva, and an added afternoon seder throughout the 4 years – the Chabura expands the scope of your learning as well. The afternoon seder is dedicated to limmud halacha b'iyun – taking relevant, intriguing areas and following them from the gemara and rishonim, through Tur and Shulchan Aruch to halacha le-ma’ase.

To learn more about this program check out our Maximizing your Learning Brochure.

Apply to the Undergrad Chabura

  • Isn’t this expensive? I’ll need to pay for another year of college?!
    Members of the Undergrad Chabura in good standing pay no tuition for the added 4th year, so cost should not be a concern.
  • So how do I both learn afternoon seder and attend college?
    The official afternoon seder chabura slot is scheduled between 4:30pm-6:15pm, Monday through Thursday. You’ll seek to schedule your college classes during the other slots (e.g., 3:00pm and 6:45pm, rather than 4:30pm). 
  • Does this system always work exactly?
    It’s likely that you may have a conflict during some semesters.  For instance, say you have an unavoidable class at 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays.  In that case, we’ll help you find an afternoon chavrusa who has the same scheduling conflict, and you’ll learn at 4:30 on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as at a mutually agreeable hashlama time (e.g., Sundays at 2pm, or Fridays at 9am).
  • Does the Chabura require a particular major?
    No. Feel free to pursue the major of your choice at Yeshiva College or at Sy Syms: mathematics, English, history, marketing, accounting, political science, psychology, and so forth.  However, at present, the scheduling demands of following two concentrations are more challenging to combine with the Chabura: pre-med and the 4-year Computer Science major.

    For those interested in pursuing chinuch or rabbanus subsequently, we recommend considering the “community track” within the Psychology Major, which incorporates the opportunity to take graduate courses at Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Wurzweiler School of Social Work.  After four years you will have the quality, respected college degree you need to pursue general employment and will be uniquely prepared for your aspirations in chinuch or rabbanus.
  • Can I also do the Post-Pesach Program?
    Sure!
  • If I have been accepted to Masmidim, can I join both the Masmidim Program and the Undergrad Chabura?
    Absolutely.  In fact, several talmidim are presently combining both.
  • Can I join the program after a year or more on campus?
    In order to lock in the discounted tuition rate (4th year free), you must elect to join the program at the beginning of your college career.  Of course, talmidim may apply to join the extra learning and sedarim at any point.
  • Is it true that this Chabura is meant only for those planning to continue post-college to learn for semicha?  I know the Chabura used to be called the “BA/Semicha program” or the “6-year Semicha program”
    It is not limited. In fact, most members of the Chabura do not plan to subsequently learn for semicha.
  • If I do plan to learn for semicha after college, does the Chabura enhance or interact with that in any way?
    Yes!  If you do plan to continue to learn for semicha after graduating college, you will find that learning in the Chabura during your college years will enhance your semicha limmud in several ways:
    1. You will already have had several years of experience learning halacha be-iyun before you begin to learn major topics such as basar be-chalav, and you will enjoy the sharpened skills and enhanced perspective that flow from your experience.
    2. The Chabura will enable you to learn a number of topics in far greater depth than the semicha limmud alone, including several areas (such as hilchos mezuza, yichud and bishul nochri) which are very relevant in many rabbanus situations.
    3. The Chabura bechinos you take after learning several of these areas in the Chabura be-iyun will also already cover semicha requirements in those areas.

More questions? Feel free to reach out to our Rosh Chabura, Rav Tanchum Cohen at tancohen@yu.edu

Be-hatzlacha! Looking forward to seeing you at Yeshiva!

All Day Learning Program (ADLP)

Yeshiva University’s all-Day Learning Program is for students interested in exclusively engaging in high-level torah study. With three full sedarim daily, including a bekiyus track and specialized chugim, this program offers a unique opportunity to intensively engage torah study while closely interacting with YU roshei yeshiva and rebbeim. Participants are incorporated into the kollel seder in the afternoon and interact as well as with students in the Undergrad Chabura.

Please click here for the All Day Learning Program application (PDF). For more information, please see the ADLP FAQ (PDF) sheet and check out our Maximizing your Learning Brochure.

Contact Us

Yeshiva University Undergraduate Torah Studies
Glueck Center for Jewish Study, Suite 632
515 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033

Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky
Dean of UTS
646.592.4068
kalinsky@yu.edu

Ely Bloch
UTS Administrative Coordinator
646.592.4067
ely.bloch@yu.edu

Rabbi Willie Balk
Academic Advisor
Glueck 612
646.592.4461
willie.balk@yu.edu

Yesh Ginsburg
Academic Advisor
646.592.4023
yeshayahu.ginsburg@yu.edu

 

 

Rabbi Ely Bacon
Mashgiach Ruchani
Glueck 313
646.592.4069
ebacon@yu.edu

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