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Men's Curriculum

The Yeshiva University Mechinah Program on the Wilf Campus in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood is part of the Judaic studies component of Yeshiva College and Syms School of Business. The Mechinah curriculum offers an array of exciting opportunities for men to explore Jewish learning, living and personal growth.

Mechinah students are welcomed into a vibrant Jewish community. Rabbinical students from YU's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary act as mentors for men in the Mechinah Program, serving as partners and sounding boards as students delve into Jewish learning.

The Mechinah Program offers:

  • Small classes
  • Explanatory prayer services
  • Individualized mentoring
  • Stimulating courses taught by a dynamic faculty
  • Shabbat hospitality with Mechinah faculty and mentors
  • Shabbat experiences at YU, and Shabbat retreats in Jewish communities around New York City
  • Visits with Torah leaders
  • Field trips to sites of Jewish interest
  • A vibrant Jewish community on campus
  • The opportunity for an excellent academic education at YU's premier undergraduate colleges

Upon successful completion of their coursework, Mechinah students are able to:

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

8 a.m.
The Weekday Service—Morning prayer with explanations of the siddur 

9 a.m.

9:20 a.m.
Hebrew language

10:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m.
Jewish concepts and practices

1 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Monday—Laws of Shabbat
Tuesday—Jewish philosophy
Wednesday—Parshat Ha’shavua (weekly Torah reading)
Thursday—Question-and-answer session with a Talmudic expert

1:45 p.m.

3 p.m.
Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business courses for secular degree