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Special Chol Hamoed Program for young men (High School and Beis Midrash) at Adas Yeshurun.

9:00 Shacharis, followed by light breakfast and learning. Shiurim (11:00-11:30) given by Rabbi Zev Cohen, Rabbi Yirmiyahu Neuman, Rabbi Shmuel Leib Schuman and Rabbi Zvi Zimmerman.

  • Monday- Rabbi Zvi Zimmerman- “Shfoch Chamascha - Pouring Out Our Wrath on Others”;
  • Tuesday- Rabbi Yirmiyahu Neuman- “The Promise of Rechush Gadol: Halachik and Aggadic Insights”;
  • Wednesday- Rabbi Shmuel Leib Schuman- “Three Days in the Desert: Was Moshe Serious?”;
  • Thursday- Rabbi Zev Cohen- “Purchasing Chametz for an Employee with a Credit Card”

A joint project of HTC - Beis HaMidrash LaTorah and Adas Yeshurun.

 chol hamoed shiurim at adas yeshurun

College Accreditation Visit

Opportunity for Third Party Comment

Hebrew Theological College will be undergoing a comprehensive evaluation visit from the Higher Learning Commission, our accreditors, on May 16 - 17, 2016. The visiting team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.

As part of this process, the Commission requires institutions undergoing such visits to invite the public to provide written comments* to the Commission. We invite you as a member of our community to participate in this process by contacting the Higher Learning Commission and submitting a third-party comment (click here).

Alternatively, you can send mail to the Commission:

Third-Party Comment on Hebrew Theological College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Hebrew Theological College continues to serve the needs of the community by providing academic programs to produce Torah Scholars, and to produce Torah-imbued college graduates and superior advanced graduate and professional programs for all qualified students who, upon graduation, will serve the Jewish community and humanity through their professional and personal vocations.

All comments must be received by April 17, 2016.

*Please note that any individual with a specific dispute or grievance with HTC should request the Higher Learning Commission's separate policy on complaints. The Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals, whether faculty, students, or others. Complaints will not be considered as comments.


siyum tanach for ezra pic reducedOn Friday, March 18, Hebrew Theological College held a siyum marking the completion of TaNach in memory of Ezra Schwartz, H"yd. Ezra, an 18 year old yeshiva student from Sharon, Massachusetts and graduate of Maimonides School in Brookline, was killed by an Arab terrorist, while on his way to deliver food packages to Israeli soldiers. Before his untimely passing, Ezra made a commitment to finish all of TaNach. He started at the beginning of the Torah, and had just completed his seventh Parasha, Parashas Vayetzei. He dedicated every night of his Israel Gap Year to complete the entire TaNach. Ezra’s death inspired students across America to finish the learning that he had started.


HTC is extremely proud of our students for undertaking this meaningful initiative. Fasman Yeshiva High School students completed Torah and Nevi’im and our Beis Midrash & College students completed Kesuvim. HTC thanks Rabbi Elisha Prero, Rabbi of Young Israel of West Rogers Park, who initiated this learning project for our students. May the Torah learning serve as a merit for Ezra and a source of inspiration to his family and to our Yeshiva. A video replay of the siyum is available below. 

resizedEleff-Baron-Award-330x247Rabbi Zev Eleff, Ph.D., chief academic officer and dean of the Men’s Division of the Hebrew Theological College (HTC) of Skokie, Ill., received the 2015 Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award at the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS) annual conference in Boston, the principal academic conference for the entire field of Jewish studies.

Professor Salo Wittmayer Baron was one of the preeminent Jewish historians of the 20th century. The Baron Dissertation Award, sponsored by the Arizona State University Center for Jewish Studies, recognizes the best dissertation in the field of American Jewish history and culture over a three-year period. Dr. Eleff’s dissertation was on the topic of the transformation of rabbinic authority in American Judaism during the nineteenth century.

L-r: Dr. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, professor of modern Judaism at Arizona State University; Dr. Shoshana B. Tancer, professor emeritus at Arizona State; Dr. Zev Eleff, chief academic officer and dean of the Men’s Division of the Hebrew Theological College; Dr. Robert Tancer, professor emeritus at Arizona State; and Dr. Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University.

“This paper is an excellent piece of scholarship,” according Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, the Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism at Arizona State. “Dr. Eleff has articulated an original, multi-faceted and nuanced argument, building on the work of previous scholars, while deepening our understanding of the mechanisms that shaped the emergence of the rabbinate in America.”

Before coming to HTC in 2015, Dr. Eleff earned his Ph.D. in the field of American Jewish history from Brandeis University, was ordained at Yeshiva University and received a master’s in history and education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Eleff is the author and editor of six books and more than 30 scholarly articles, published in both English and Hebrew. He was most recently an instructor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis.

“It’s an honor to be associated with Salo Baron, the great pioneering Jewish historian in American universities,” said Dr. Eleff. “I’m also proud to be included among the faculty members of HTC and Touro who have distinguished themselves in the field. Hopefully this will encourage others to delve deep into the study of Judaism.”

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Hebrew Theological College held its 93rd Annual Banquet at the Westin O’Hare. HTC payed tribute to David and Gayle Aronin, Guests of Honor; Rabbi Tzvi and Shifra Haskell, Marbitz Torah Award; and Rabbi Yehiel and Shulamis Kalish, Distinguished Alumnus Award. This year's honorees are all true examples of the Dinner theme, Teaching, Leading and Building.

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Chicago Rabbinical Council invites the community to hear Rabbi Berel Wein, guest speaker, on

“Reading Between the Lines of Chicago’s Rabbinical History” at the launch of their newest publication,

“Chicago Rabbis: Visionaries, Pioneers, and Leaders 1847-1950”, by Rabbi Moshe Kushner z"l.

Sunday, November 1st

9:15 AM

at Hebrew Theological College,

including a special tribute to Rabbi Kushner z"l

Men & Women Invited 

The book is available for sale at www.shopcrc.org & at local bookstores. Info: cRc 773-250-5499.

Please join HTC/FYHS, Sunday, October 18, as we celebrate the dedication of a new Sefer Torah to our Bais Midrash, by the Kanter family in memory of Rabbi Dr. Albert Milton Kanter zt"l.
A shiur on Kesiva Sefer Torah will be delivered by Rabbi Bill Kanter at HTC in Room 18 from 9:30-10:30 AM.  A lively procession will begin from the gym of Hillel Torah at 11:00. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsorships still available. Contact Rabbi Seif 847-982-2500 x131 or www.htc.edu/sefertorah

Touro Affliation group picHebrew Theological College (HTC), has officially joined the Touro College and University System (TCUS), an affiliation which will strengthen both institutions by coordinating and leveraging the respective resources of each. Through this partnership, a pathway will be created for qualified HTC graduates to gain preferred acceptance into Touro graduate and professional schools; HTC students will, in time, have enhanced course offerings on campus; and access to Touro's Division of Online Education and Touro University Worldwide. "The fundamental principles on which HTC and Touro were founded are closely aligned-strengthening the Jewish community and a commitment to academic excellence," according to Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of TCUS. Said Brian Levinson, chairman of the HTC board of directors, "HTC is very excited to move forward with the Touro partnership. The opportunities presented to HTC, the Chicago community and the Midwest, through the talent and expertise offered by this collaboration, will have a profound impact."


Pictured (l-r): Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, Executive Vice President of TCUS; Melvin Ness, Senior Vice President and CFO of TCUS; Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, Interim CEO and Chancellor of HTC; Dr. Alan Kadish; Brian Levinson; Michael Newman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of TCUS; and David Raab, Executive Vice President of TCUS.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/.

About the Hebrew Theological College

Hebrew Theological College, founded in 1921, is committed to producing Torah-imbued college graduates who will serve the Jewish community and humanity through their professional and personal vocations. Hebrew Theological College provides coursework leading to undergraduate degrees in Judaic Studies, Accounting, Business, Education, English, Health Sciences, Psychology and Speech and Language Pathology. In addition to the two college divisions - the Men's Beis Midrash/College program and the Blitstein Teachers Institute for Women - Hebrew Theological College also includes the Fasman Yeshiva High School preparatory division for young men. Hebrew Theological College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information on Hebrew Theological College, please go to www.htc.edu.

life and legacy check picHebrew Theological College is excited to announce that it has successfully secured 18 Life & Legacy commitments during the 2014-15 academic year. As a result, HTC received a one-time cash incentive gift of $10,000 from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Life & Legacy Program. HTC thanks Mr. Michael Nussbaum, HTC Board Member and Endowment Committee Chairman for spearheading this most important project.

HTC is one of only 15 Jewish organizations in Metropolitan Chicago selected in a competitive process to participate in the Grinspoon Foundation's Life & Legacy Program. At a celebratory event held on June 16, 2015, at the Standard Club, the Grinspoon Foundation announced that they will recognize organizations with an additional incentive gift of $10,000 upon securing another 18 legacy commitments in the next 12 months.

Participating in HTC's Life and Legacy Program is one of many ways that alumni, parents and friends are able to give back to HTC. Legacy gifts can be established in various forms and need not impact one's finances during their lifetime. Life and Legacy gifts will be used exclusively to support the HTC Endowment Fund, securing the future of HTC and its vital role within the community.

For over nine decades, HTC has educated thousands of students worldwide in HTC's Beis Midrash and College for Men, Blitstein Institute for Women and Fasman Yeshiva High School. With your help we hope to guarantee HTC's vibrancy for future generations.

HTC encourages anyone who is interested in learning more about the Life and Legacy Program or HTC's Endowment Fund to contact the HTC Development Team by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (847) 982 2500 ext. 132.

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