The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) is one of the leading centers for Torah learning and training for the rabbinate in the world. Since its founding in 1896, RIETS has produced some of the world's most distinguished Orthodox rabbis, scholars and teachers. Musmachim [ordained rabbis] assume a broad range of leadership roles in the community while ensuring the perpetuation of Jewish scholarship.
The Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University builds, cultivates and supports communities and their lay and rabbinic leaders with its innovative programs and educational initiatives both locally and nationally. It offers rabbinic and rebbetzin enrichment programs, placement for rabbis and Jewish educators and communal professionals, and much more.
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
Vital in its approach and vibrant in its tradition, RIETS offers a broad array of shiurim [lectures] in Talmud, Halacha [Jewish law] and Machshava [Jewish thought], as well as professional pastoral training leading to rabbinic ordination. Students may also learn in the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel; pursue a co-requisite degree at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies or Wurzweilier School of Social Work; or attend classes in Jewish thought. The Sephardic Rabbinic Training Program educates Sephardic rabbis who, upon completion of their studies, serve in the Jewish community as leading rabbis and educators.
Students spend most of their morning and afternoon preparing and attending shiurim by some of the greatest roshei yeshiva [professors of Talmud] of the generation. On Fridays, students take professional rabbinic classes such as public speaking and pastoral counseling and pursue advanced rabbinic classes in one of five different tracks: pulpit, chinuch [education], Kiruv [outreach], chaplaincy and organization.
Resources include five vibrant batei midrashot [study halls], all of which resonate with the sounds of learning from morning until late evening. There are also state-of-the-art classrooms along with one of the best-stocked seforim libraries in the world.
In their fourth years at RIETS, students work with the Rabbinic Placement Office to find internships in various fields. The office also assists newly ordained rabbis in furthering their careers.
The RIETS Rabbinic Alumni is a century-old Torah fraternity. Programs include various Yarchei Kallahs and conferences for rabbis, assistant rabbis and rebbetzins, and a monthly shiur with rotating RIETS roshei yeshiva, exclusive for Rabbinic Alumni members.
Center for the Jewish Future
For rabbis, rebbetzins and the greater community at large, the Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) offers a wide range of continuing education and support programs:
- The Morris and Gertrude Bienenfeld Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement places rabbis and Jewish communal professionals and educators throughout North America and beyond at congregations, schools, organization and communities.
- Conferences and seminars—such as the Executive Rabbinic Seminars with YU’s Sy Syms School of Business, Yarchei Kallah, Assistant Rabbis Conference and specialized programs including the Yom Iyun with YU’s Program for Jewish Genetic Health—bring rabbis together to study, learn, share their experiences and provide them with the tools and skills to develop their professional and personal growth.
- Online resources include Rabbanan.org, which features more than 300 drasha nuggets, shiur outlines, responsa service, webinars and more.
- Rebbetzins programs include a Yarchei Kallah, sessions for semicha wives, and Kallah Teacher Training course, all of which provide learning, mentoring and networking opportunities.
- The Marcos and Adina Katz YU Torah Online features more than 60,000 free shiurim by Yeshiva University roshei yeshiva and other Torah luminaries.