Josh Zisook

Josh Zisook

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:

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

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.

JSOL Fall 2015

Click here to download the semester Bulletin and Registration form

Semester Dates: October 8, 2015 through January 15, 2016

Registration deadline: September 1, 2015



BIBLE 282                             Capstone Course

Biblical Heroes and Heroines  (3-Credit Hours)

In-depth analysis of major personalities in the Biblical narrative, men and women, the nature of their roles and prescriptive ramifications through an analysis of text examined in light of classic and modern Jewish commentaries.  Study is augmented by relevant selections in Midrashic literature.  This course presumes reading proficiency in classic and Biblical Hebrew, and proficiency in major medieval commentaries.

Instructor:  Rabbi Dr.  Hertzel  Yitzhak


BIBLE 361                              Capstone Course

Issues and Analysis in Early Prophets I (3-Credit Hours)

Designed for the student proficient in oral and written Hebrew, this course entails a comparative analysis across the Tanach as a means of understanding the Early Prophets, and the exegetical methodology of the Midrash and the Rishonim. Focus on specific issues/problems in Neviim Rishonim. Focus on Judges, Samuel I & Samuel II.

Instructor:  Mrs. Kochava Yitzhak


HISTORY 303 Capstone Course

The Holocaust (3-Credit Hours)

A study of the Shoah, and the historical antecedents that
culminated in the systematic destruction of European Jewry. Topics to be discussed: Jewish communal life in Eastern Eu-rope between the two world wars (1914-1940), State and Church sponsored anti-Semitism post emancipation; the rise of Nazism, unholy alliances in the persecution of European Jewry.

Instructor: Mrs. Elana Berman

HISTORY 207                        Capstone Course

Jews in American History   (3-Credit Hours)

Survey of major Jewish personalities and contributions made to the development of American economy, culture and government. From anti-Semitism and assimilation to  cultural pluralism the development of American Jewish identity and political parity.

Instructor: Mrs. Alissa Zeffren

JEWISH LAW 234                        Capstone Course

The Land of Israel in the Halacha   (3-Credit Hours)

Examination of Mitzvot Hatluyot Ba'Aretz. Issues to be covered include Terumot uMaaserot, Shemita veYovel, the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael and the Mekomot Ha'Kedoshim,   halachic definitions of Eretz Yisrael, and the religious status of conquered territory

Instructor: Rabbi Dov Karoll

MATH 101

Intermediate Algebra   (3-Credit Hours)


Fundamentals of algebra. Real number system, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, and Cartesian coordinate system. 

Instructor:  TBA


General Psychology (3-Credit Hours)


Basic concepts and methods of psychology. Primary emphasis on the scientific study of human behavior and consciousness, with exploration of topics such as human development, personality, learning, thinking, perception, testing, mental health and pathology..

Instructor: TBA



Fundamentals of Composition  (3-Credit Hours)


Specific instruction and intensive practice of written expression. Study of the composing process, thesis construction, paragraph development, and essay structure with special attention to grammar and mechanics.

Instructor: TBA



Introduction to Sociology (3-Credit Hours)


Analysis of human societies, organizations and groups, and the interrelations of society, culture, and personality. Socialization, social interaction, social stratification, and social change are discussed.

Instructor:  TBA

Academic Calendar-Fall 2015

September 1, 2015—Last day to Register

October 8, 2015—First day of Fall 2015 Semester

October 24, 2015—Last day to Add/Drop (No W)

December 5, 2015—Last day to Withdraw

January 15, 2016—Last day of Fall 2015 Semester

  Below please find the required texts for Fall 2015


Biblical Heroes and Heroines

Instructor: Rabbi Dr. Hertzel Yitzhak


BIBL 361

Issues and Analysis in Early Prophets I

 Instructor: Mrs. Kochava Yitzhak


HISTORY 303 Capstone Course
The Holocaust (3-Credit Hours)

Instructor: Mrs. Elana Berman



Jews in American History

  Instructor: Mrs. Alissa Zeffren



The Land of Israel in the Halacha

Instructor: Rabbi Dov Karoll


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