The members of the Hebrew Theological College’s Samuel and Nina Bellows Kollel are involved in a myriad of activities in and around the Yeshiva. Kollel members are learning the Yeshiva's Masechta in depth and contributing to the Kol Torah which can be heard in the Yeshiva's Beis Midrash.
Most of the Kollel members live on or next to the Yeshiva campus. This allows them to be involved in a number of ways with the dorming students. During the week, the Kollel is involved as "Older Brothers" helping younger students, and on Shabbos the Kollel members deliver shiurim. Furthermore, the Kollel families regularly host students for meals on Shabbos, providing a family-style Shabbos meal environment.
We are proud of our Bellows Kollel members, young Talmidei Chachamim who are destined to be effective leaders of Klal Yisrael.
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The Semicha Program, in conjunction with the Talmud Department, is the first fully developed program of study instituted by Hebrew Theological College and served as a primary reason for its founding. This is the program of study and character and spiritual development which leads ultimately to the ordination of the select few who complete the program and the ensuing examinations.
Candidates for ordination are accepted from the Hebrew Theological College Beis Midrash upon determination that the candidate has successfully completed a three year curriculum of collegiate-level Talmud study and has earned an HTC Bachelor of Arts or equivalent. While some of this requirement may be satisfied with Talmud study at another institution, a minimum of one year of study must be fulfilled at Hebrew Theological College. This residency requirement is crucial to the accurate assessment of the second entrance requirement, namely, a general evaluation that the student possesses a fundamental background in Jewish law and traditions and the religious, ethical and mental aptitude necessary for spiritual leadership in conformity with the traditions of Orthodox Judaism. This evaluation is both subjective and objective. After a student spends a minimum of one year engrossed in the in-depth study of Talmud, with intense, daily faculty-student interaction, the subjective evaluation of the student's true motivations and religious convictions are readily apparent to the faculty mentor. Traditional grading as well as periodic progress evaluations supply objective criteria to evaluate the student's mental aptitude and academic potential.
The curriculum of the Semicha Program covers Jewish law dealing with the following subjects: Dietary laws, Kosher food preparation, mourning, burial and bereavement, family life, and Sabbath and Holiday observance. Students are also involved in academic areas addressing the particular needs of the chosen specialized area of rabbinic activity, such as education, public speaking, homiletics and psychology. Students pursuing pulpit positions have been assigned to a practicing rabbi for short term practica or longer term internships.
The delivery of Semicha program instruction is based on a three year cycle of actual coursework. This enables students to join the program at any point of transition between one subject and the other, (often coinciding with the semester breaks) and remain in the program until he completes the full cycle of prescribed coursework. During the full coursework cycle, students may be involved with chavrusa/study partners who are just starting the cycle or, perhaps, are in the final stages of their coursework cycle. As such, they will have the opportunity to gain from the experience of more advanced students as well as sharpen their own skills in assisting students just beginning the program.
Students are directed to prepare on their own the appropriate sections of the Gemara and the Tur and Beis Yosef for each chapter in the Shulchan Aruch during the two days prior to beginning each new topic. Every day the student is responsible to prepare the Mechaber and Ramah, along with the Shach and Taz that will be discussed on the following day. In each class session the textual material will be reviewed and discussion will focus on assuring complete mastery of the daily topic. Other commentators, such as Rabbi Akiva Eger, Pischei Teshuva, Chavas Da’as and Pri Megadim will be introduced and their divergent and complementary opinions will be analyzed in-depth. The analysis of each topic/chapter will be highlighted with the practical halachic procedures and outcomes after consideration of modern Jewish legal scholarship and authorities.
After completing his coursework a student will usually spend an additional period of time reviewing the material in preparation for the comprehensive subject area examinations. The oral exams, along with class participation constitute the grade for the course. While sitting for examinations in some areas may take place concurrent with ongoing coursework in other areas, many students opt to take the examinations after a period of intensive review.
Course Requirements for Ordination and Sample 3 Year Schedule
- Fall 2009:333 Basar BeChalav IYoreh De'ah, sections 92-97Lecture
- Winter 2010:335 Ta'aruvos IYoreh De'ah, sections 98-103Lecture 334 Basar BeChalav IIYoreh De'ah, sections 87-91Lecture
- Spring 2010:336 Ta'aruvos IIYoreh De'ah, sections 104-109Lecture
- Summer 2010:351 AveilusYoreh De'ah, sections 340-401Optional Lecture
- Fall 2010:341 Niddah IYoreh De'ah, sections 183-190Lecture
- Winter 2011:342 Niddah IIYoreh De'ah, sections 191-194, 320 - 322Lecture
- Spring 2011:343 Niddah IIIYoreh De'ah, sections 195-199Lecture
- Summer 2011:371 SafrusOrach Chaim, sections 32-36 Yoreh De'ah, sections 270-291Optional Lecture
- Fall 2011:321 Shabbos IOrach Chaim, sections 253-259, 307-311, 325Lecture 327 PesachOrach Chaim, sections 429. 432, 438Lecture
- Winter 2012:322 Shabbos IIOrach Chaim, sections 289, 314-317, 320-322Lecture
- Spring 2012:323 Shabbos IIIOrach Chaim, sections 325,328-331,340Lecture
- Summer 2012:337 Ma'achalei AkumYoreh De'ah, sections 112-121Optional Lecture
- Hadassa Levitin to Akiva Stern
- Sara Ruchama Krystal to Moshe Schneider
- Chaya Baruch to Yosef Dov Weisenfeld
- Eliana Levine to Daniel Tzvi Cohen
- Anya Seyfer to Daniel Gordon
- Mazal Moria to Elisha Karan
- Sara Herst to Ari Bellin
- Rochel Weldler to Pinchas Oustatcher
Alex (Kurtz) Cohen - a son
Danielle (Weissman) Herbach - a daughter
Helen (Smilovic) Baruch - a son
Chaya (Aragon) Singer - a son
Adina (Jenny Shidler) Block - a son
Rivka (Rubinoff) Friedman - twin sons
Shira (Rubinoff) Winner - twin daughters
Valeri (Zinger) Stavnitser - a daughter
Michal (Shenkman) Deutsch - a daughter
- Elana Loew (2008) completed a Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work and is currently working at Evanston Hospital.
- Rivka Polsky (2004) completed a Masters in Library Sciences at Dominican University For two years she managed Title I Reading/Math resource program in 12 different schools: supervised over 25 Title I teachers, presented monthly professional development workshops, maintained communication with principals and parents, and collaborated with both Chicago Public Schools and counseling center to ensure the effectiveness of program. Rivka is currently a Middle School language arts and social studies teacher at Bais Rivka.
- Rochel Leah Berger (2000) graduated Kent Law School and is currently Assistant Corporate Council of the City of Chicago Building and License Enforcement.
Mazel tov to the following graduates who received State of Illinois teaching certification in January:
- Helen Simlovic Baruch - LBS I
- Estee Elkaim - Elementary Education
- Sarah Kramer - Elementary Education
- Mindy Myrowitz - LBS I
Best wishes to them for great success in their professions.
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The Israel Experience Program (IEP) offered by Hebrew Theological College enables a student to spend a year of intensive study in an Israeli yeshiva or seminary while earning college credit. Most students find the year in Israel a challenging and enriching experience that serves as a guide in developing a lifestyle consonant with Torah values.
Through agreements with selected Israeli institutions representing a wide range of yeshivot and seminaries, Hebrew Theological College can assist in some of the details involved in planning a year-long stay. And by providing academic advising and counseling to students before and after their year in Israel, the College can help students ensure that they receive maximum benefit in Torah achievement as well as attain additional educational goals both in Israel and upon their return.
Each student attends the Israeli institution most suited to his/her background and needs. By design, Hebrew Theological College has established its program at a wide range of institutions. A detailed list of institutions with which the College has agreements is also part of the IEP brochure, available for download below.
The applicant will apply to Hebrew Theological College for acceptance to the Israel Experience Program prior to the semester for which enrollment is desired. As part of the admissions process, the student will discuss with HTC counselors the Israeli institution selected by the student as well as the role of the Israel Experience Program in the student’s long-range academic plan. Upon acceptance, the student is then enrolled in the Hebrew Theological College Israel Experience Program and is recognized as such by the Israeli institution.
The deadline for applying for admission to HTC’s Israel Experience Program is April 30th, 2014
TUITION & FEES
Each institution affiliated with Hebrew Theological College’s Israel Experience Program has established its own tuition and fee schedules. Payment to the affiliated Israeli institution is the responsibility of the student and parents.
Hebrew Theological College charges a one-time non-refundable application fee of $100 and program fee of $1,500.
(Please note: Non-refundable late fees will be assessed for applications submitted after the deadline. For full listing of dates and fees, please refer to the Registration Procedures.)
Tuition and fees are paid directly to the Israeli institution and are the responsibility of the student. Students who may be eligible for governmental financial aid should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Please review the current Israel Experience Program brochure for details.
- Click here for Men's IEP Brochure
- Click here for Women's IEP Brochure
- Click here for IEP Registration Procedures and Application
IEP Form Once Accepted
- Participation Agreement (coming soon)