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RIETS Application and Registration

RIETS Application Form (PDF) 

Registration Information Spring 2017

Kollel Status Form (PDF)

Outside Work Declaration (PDF)

Student Catalog and Handbook (PDF)

RIETS Registration Form

Shiurim and Class Information

Fourth-Year Halakha L'ma'aseh Materials (PDF)


Map of Sefarim in the Main Bais Medrash (PDF)

The Presidential Bekius Program 

Seating Procedures

MYP and RIETS shiurim will be learning in two batei midrashot: the Harry Fischel Beit Midrash (the old ''main beit midrash'') and the Glueck beit midrash. Each rosh yeshiva and his shiur will have a designated learning area within a beit midrash.

Please download the following documents. Contact your shiur assistant if you need help.

 Seating Procedures (PDF)


Student Information

Courses of Study and Internships (PDF)

Academic Information and Policies (PDF)

Attendance and Shiur Switching Policies (PDF)

RIETS Weekly Seder Hayom (PDF)



Graduation Requirements

Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary




A. Residency Requirement


Besides the particular requirements of the program, there is a four-year residency requirement. Students must learn full time on campus for three years and at least one seder a day for the fourth year.


Students must learn on the New York or Jerusalem campus for three years (six semesters) of full-time study (Sunday morning - Friday morning) and a “Fourth Year Program” (two semesters) combining Halakha Lema'aseh with fieldwork, internships, and professional seminars.


B. Core Curriculum


  • Talmud Shiur – 4 semesters
  • Yoreh Deah – 2 semesters
  • Contemporary Jewish Law – 2 semesters[1]
  • Hilkhot Niddah – 1 semester
  • Hilkhot Aveilut – 1 semester
  • Fourth Year Halakha Lema’aseh Program – 2 semesters
  • Successful completion of a Hebrew Examination


C. Corequisite


In addition to the core curriculum, students must also complete one of the following co-requisites:


  1. Six semesters of Kollel study in the Marcos & Adina Katz Kollel.
  2. A Masters Degree at one of the following Yeshiva University schools: The Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, or the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. (Relevant Masters Degrees from other institutions must be approved in advance.)
  3. Completion of the RIETS Machshevet Yisrael program, consisting of 12 courses in Jewish Philosophy (JTH Courses)[2].


Kollel Semesters may, at times, be combined with Machshevet Yisrael and/or graduate school classes to fulfill the co-requisite requirement, with permission from the Dean or Administrator of RIETS.


D. Professional Coursework


All students must take seven core courses (Honors students, however, follow a different curriculum). In addition, students choose from one of five professional tracks and take the requisite coursework. This advanced work may consist of courses at RIETS, or graduate work in a different setting. The requirements are as follows:


  1. Core Requirements (all tracks)

Seven courses, taken on Fridays during the first three years of semikha:

    1. Pastoral PsychologyFoundations – 2 semesters
    2. Survey of Professional Opportunities - 2 Semesters
    3. Public Speaking I
    4. Two courses in Machshavah [JTH Courses]

      Plus the following two fieldwork requirements

  1. Third Year Shimush - 1 semester
  2. Fourth Year Internship – 2 semesters


  1. Advanced Track Requirements
    1. Education Track:
  2. A Masters Degree from the Azrieli School of Jewish Ed. and Administration.
  3. Issues in Contemporary Rabbinics
    • Community Rabbinate / Pulpit Track :
  4. Four additional Friday courses in the second or third year
    1. One Outreach Course
    2. Homiletics
    3. Public Speaking II
    4. Issues in Contemporary Rabbinics
  5. Four mid-week courses over the third and fourth years
    1. Advanced Pastoral Counseling – 2 semesters
    2. Senior Homiletics Derasha Workshop – 2 semesters
    3. Successful Synagogues - 2 Semesters
    4. Practical Rabbinics – 2 semesters
    5. Community Outreach and Campus Leadership Track:
  6. Four additional Friday courses in the second or third year
    1. Outreach Courses  – 3 semesters
    2. Public Speaking II
    3. Issues in Contemporary Rabbinics
  7. Two mid-week courses in the fourth year
    1. Advanced Pastoral Counseling – 2 semesters
    2. Practical Rabbinics - 2 semesters
    3. Organizational Leadership Track (Note: Permission is needed to join this track):
  8. Organizational Practicum
  9. Group Facilitation
  10. Issues in Contemporary Rabbinics
  11. A Masters Degree – MBA, MPA, MSW or MPH - from an approved institution.
    • Chaplaincy Track:
  12. Four units of CPE credit from an accredited CPE training institution
  13. Issues in Contemporary Rabbinics
  14. Advanced Pastoral Counseling – 2 semesters

[1]Students in the RIETS Kollel in Yerushalyim may fulfill this requirement with a different course.

[2]Certain courses in the RIETS Kollel in Yerushalayim), Bernard Revel Graduate School and RIETS elective courses may also be used to fulfill this requirement.