OTS Metivta

The OTS Metivta – a unique beit midrash for men’s Torah study and social action in the Gallilee –  was launched in Ellul 5777 (August 2017) with 22 students from all over Israel – contemporary pioneers, settling Israel’s northern frontier. The Metivta is a hesder yeshiva which combines intense Torah study in the beit midrash …

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Monique and Mordecai Katz Academic Studies Program

Interfaith conference at BIU

“God shall enlarge Yafet, and he shall live in the tents of Shem.” (Genesis 9:27) In the verse above, Yafet is blessed by his father Noah with a broadening of horizons. The very word ‘Yafet’ comes from yafe, meaning beautiful; Noah is blessing this son – the progenitor of Greece – with a legacy encapsulating …

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Andre Neher Institute

Andre Neher

The Andre Neher Institute brings together faculty and student scholars from the Robert M. Beren College to study in depth the writings of Rabbi Professor Andre Neher, the little known but outstanding French philosopher and educator who shaped the spiritual character of France’s large Jewish community in the generation after the Holocaust. The colleague of Emmanuel Levinas …

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Robert M. Beren College

Beren College studies

The Robert M. Beren College operates in association with the Herzog Academic College in Gush Etzion, approved by the Council for Higher Education in Israel and offering fully-accredited Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees. Over and above the Herzog College course requirements, students in the Beren College receive an augmented curriculum emphasizing world …

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Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva

The Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva, located on the Israel Henry Beren Campus, enables post-high school students to combine intensive Torah study with full service in the Israel Defense Forces.  However, one of the things that sets Machanaim apart from other hesder yeshivas is its unique focus on melding secular knowledge with Jewish study and …

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Straus-Amiel Program

Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel graduation at the Knesset

The word ‘Amiel’ literally means “to my people,” and reflects OTS’s unwavering commitment to the rejuvenation and cultivation of world Jewish community. The Straus-Amiel Rabbinical Emissary Program is committed to the spiritual continuity of the Jewish people everywhere, training rabbis to effectively strengthen Jewish identity and existence in communities across the Diaspora (with a special …

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Kollel Torat Yosef for Diaspora Rabbis

Straus grad

This intensive 2-year program prepares rabbis to serve in the Diaspora by providing them with the halakhic material necessary to serve effectively and combining their knowledge of Jewish sources and Jewish law with a thorough understanding of the particular needs of contemporary Jewish life across the globe. The ordination program covers in depth the traditional areas …

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Kollel for Israeli Rabbis

israeli rabbis

This five- year program produces rabbis and poskim for Israel. Upon completing the rigorous course of study and passing all required examinations, candidates receive ordination both from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary as well as from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. In keeping with the OTS philosophy that contemporary rabbis must be equally fluent in secular …

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Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary

men learning

In today’s era, it is no longer sufficient for a rabbi to merely minister to a population’s religious needs. A modern rabbi – a rabbi who is relevant to today’s society and can make an impact on the Jewish world and the nation’s future – must also be a true spiritual leader. For decades, Ohr …

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Beren-Amiel Program

Mann Family London

The word ‘Amiel’ literally means “to my people,” and reflects OTS’s unwavering commitment to the rejuvenation and cultivation of world Jewish community. The Beren-Amiel Educational Emissary Program is dedicated to the comprehensive training of committed, motivated and engaging educators who are sent to teach Judaic Studies in both Orthodox and non-Orthodox state and community schools …

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Ethel and Adolph Beren Educators Institute

Beren students

One of the crises facing the future of the Jewish people is the lack of engaging educators. With ever-growing challenges arising from contemporary society and assimilation into the “global village” at an all-time high, there is a pressing demand for inspiring Jewish teachers and role models to reinvigorate our classrooms, uplift our schools and build …

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Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Program for Men

darkaynu 2018

The unique Darkaynu Program answers the prayers of young men with special needs who – until now – could only dream of spending a gap year in Israel like their peers.  Tailored to address the specific requirements of this special population, Darkaynu – which means “Our Way” – is the first “sidestreaming” program in existence; …

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