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Camp HASC Courses @ Yeshiva University

Welcome, Camp HASC Community! Join us for Summer Session courses exclusive to Camp HASC.

Summer courses meet from July 6 - August 7 in a semi-synchronous online format. This means that they have a schedule of regular live (synchronous) meetings that take place online, as well as asynchronous course content that you complete by certain deadlines. See the Summer 2020 Academic Calendar on the Registrar's Website for holidays and other important dates.

  • Summer courses are open to men and women.
  • Courses count toward residency credits for YU undergrads (including future YU undergrads).
  • These courses fulfill Jewish Studies requirements for undergraduate women; contact Dr. Deena Rabinovich with any questions.


Torat Chessed: Mind, Body, and Soul (JUD 2380) - 2 credits

Faculty: Rav Yehuda Willig, Rav Dr. Benjy Epstein, Dr. Rayzel Yaish, Rav Avi Pollak
Meeting schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-4pm

This innovative and experiential course will explore what the timeless wisdom of the Torah as well as recent results in psychological science teach us about how selflessness and kindness can make us happier and give us the tools to flourish in our service of mankind and God. We’ll discuss how to apply these teachings beyond our own lives and make our marriages, our parenting, our homes and communities most extraordinary. Through the study of classical texts as well as experiential exercises and in meeting with leaders in the helping professions this course seeks to change how you relate to yourself and the world around you.

To register, follow the instructions below using these course details:
CRN: 80648  Subject/Department: JUD  Course Number: 2380  Section: SO2

Pathways in Avodas Hashem (JUD 2360) - 2 credits

Faculty: Rav Moshe Tzvi Weinberg, Rav Judah Mischel
Meeting schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-4pm

A survey course examining different pathways and perspectives in Avodas Hashem, exploring some of the faces and facets of a Torah life. Textual study of primary and secondary sources will be supplemented by open dialogue on divergent outlooks and opinions in Jewish tradition and through an array of special guests who will join our virtual gathering to share their experiences and insights.

To register, follow the instructions below using these course details:
CRN: 80647  Subject/Department: JUD  Course Number: 2360  Section: SO2

Rabbi Yehuda Willig

Rabbi Yehuda Willig is a Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva University as well as a Rebbe in Yeshivas Heichal Hatorah. Rabbi Willig is an alumnus of Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel as well as Mir Yerushalayim. He earned his BA at Yeshiva College and received his Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he was a member of the Wexner Semicha Honors Program. Subsequently he was a fellow at the Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies. In the summer, Rabbi Willig also serves as the Rabbi of Camp Hasc. 

Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg

Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg currently teaches in Yeshiva University’s Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program (SBMP), where he also he serves as Mashgiach Ruchani. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Weinberg received his semicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of Jerusalem and has also been certified by the Center for Integrated Teacher Education. Rabbi Weinberg has worked as Jewish educator for the past 13 years, and has previously taught at Torah Academy of Bergen County and the Moriah School of Englewood, before joining the Yeshiva University faculty five years ago. He has served as a guest speaker and scholar in residence in Jewish communities and college campuses across the country. Additionally, Rabbi Weinberg offers a variety of weekly inspirational shiurim in the Teaneck and Bergenfield area of New Jersey, where he lives with his family. More than 900 of his recorded shiurim appear on 

Rav Judah Mischel

Rav Judah Mischel is Executive Director of Camp HASC, Mashpiah of OU-NCSY, and founder of Tzama Nafshi. Rav Judah & his wife, Ora, live in Ramat Beit Shemesh with their eight children. 

Rabbi Avi Pollak

Rabbi Avi Pollak is the Program Director at Camp HASC. He has a Masters degree in Secondary Education and semicha from Yeshiva University/RIETS. Avi was Judaic Principal at Robert M. Bergen Academy in Houston, TX and Assistant Principal and Ram in Jerusalem’s Yerushalyim Torah Academy (YTA). Throughout his 20 years in the fields of Jewish education and summer camp administration, he has focused on meeting the needs of all children especially those with diversified learning and developmental needs.  Rabbi Pollak is an EMT in Israel and is hoping and praying to be able to spend this summer together with his family in Camp HASC! 

Dr. Rayzel Yaish
HASC Yaish

Dr. Rayzel Yaish, Ph.D earned her B.A. in Pre-Med and Psychology from Stern College, and received her Ph.D. In Clinical Health Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. Yaish is the Director of Guidance at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and maintains a private practice. She has worked with teens, adults and the special health needs population of all ages for many years as Head Counselor both at Camp HASC and Camp Simcha. Dr. Yaish consults and presents workshops for local and national organizations on topics related to mental health, general health and the specialized needs community. 

Rabbi Benjamin Epstein

Rabbi Benjamin Epstein, Ph.D. is an experienced psychologist, author, and speaker who blends traditional Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with cognitive behavioral, spiritual, and acceptance techniques.  Dr. Benjy works effectively across a broad spectrum of age groups to enhance well being by teaching how to live more mindfully and in the present.  In addition to his private practice and mindfulness seminars, he spends his Summers as the Director of Staff Development and Clinical Research in Camp HASC. He has recently authored, "Living in the Presence: A Jewish Mindfulness Guide for Everyday Life," a work designed to provide a practical roadmap to the discovery of purpose, to capture and experience some of the benefits of the world-to-come, right now, in this world. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $1128 per course (2 credits), plus summer fees

Audit price: $564 per course, plus one-time Application Fee if applicable (no additional fees)

Summer Fees (one-time):

  • Application Fee: $65 (for non-YU students only)
  • University Fee: $110
  • Registration Fee: $100
Apply and Register 

Current YU undergraduate students, including those entering in Fall 2020 or on the YU Joint Israel Program: Using the course details above, follow the registration instructions at the bottom of to register for credit. If you want to audit a course instead, submit a Request to Audit a Course Form. 

Visiting students, follow these instructions: 

  1. Go to and click on "Apply for Admission." 
  2.  Select "First time user account creation” and follow the guidelines to create an application Login ID and PIN, and then select Login. PLEASE NOTE: Your PIN must be 6 numerical characters (only numbers).  
  3. On the drop-down menu, select “Undergraduate Summer Program” and then Continue. 
  4. Select Summer 2020 under Admission Term, fill in your name, and select Fill Out Application. 
  5. Follow the directions to complete the application. (Please note: there are six short sections; you can complete them in any order.) 
  6. Once you’ve completed all sections of the application, select Application is Complete. 
  7. You will be asked to accept terms and then proceed to payment. The application fee is $65, payable online by credit or debit card. 
  8. Once you’ve submitted your payment, you’ll be directed to a “Thank You” screen that contains important information. Please keep a copy of this information for your records. 
  9. Send your current college or high school transcript (official or unofficial) to   
  10. Once your application is complete, registration instructions will be sent to your new YU Email Address within 3 business days. Use the course details above to register for your course(s) for credit. If you want to audit your course(s) instead, email to notify us.  

Your application will not be considered complete until we have received your transcript. If your transcript is not received prior to the start of the summer session, we may decline your registration.