Last Updated on December 21, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Yeshiva University’s RIETS (Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary) and SSSB (Syms School of Business) have made an exciting announcement for those in the semikha (Rabbinic ordination) program. They are launching a joint semikha-MBA program this spring, which aims to equip students pursuing a Rabbinic career with essential business skills that can be applied in the rabbinate or other part-time work.
What makes this program unique is that it is open not only to students from semikha programs around the world but also to those who have already started semikha. This inclusion opens up a world of possibilities for individuals looking to enhance their Rabbinic journey with a business perspective.
Another appealing feature of the program is that it is asynchronous, allowing students to study at their own pace and from anywhere in the world. This flexibility caters to the busy schedules that many semikha students already juggle.
The program, which is open to alumni from Yeshiva College, SSSB, and graduates of other universities, requires students to complete 42 credits in subjects such as finance, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. By providing a strong foundation in these areas, the program seeks to equip future Rabbis with the necessary skills to excel in a professional setting.
According to the SSSB Dean, the demand for Rabbis with business skills is increasing. As the worlds of Torah and business continue to intersect, it becomes crucial for Rabbis to possess knowledge in both areas. This program aims to bridge that gap, allowing Rabbis to develop leadership and organizational skills.
The joint program is aligned with Sy Syms’ mission to develop Torah-grounded professionals who excel in the workplace and community. By offering a range of electives and opportunities in fields such as real estate, entrepreneurship, and business analytics, students can tailor their MBA experience to their career goals.
This collaboration between RIETS and SSSB is an exciting step forward for those in the semikha program. It not only offers the opportunity to gain valuable business skills but also enriches the Rabbinic journey by providing a holistic approach to leadership and organizational development.