SBMP was established in 1995 through the generosity of the Irving I. Stone Support Foundation. The program offers a combination of directed chavruta [study partner] learning and classroom instruction. Students may transfer up to two 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 [professors of Talmud] 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 Umadda 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.