Montefiore Dayanut Course – Making History


The Montefiore Endowment is proud to announce the opening of its Dayanut Programme in association with Eretz Hemdah Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. We believe that this is the  first time a fully structured, academically-based, part-time course in Dayanut has been opened in the UK.

This course, on the topics of Ishut (Marriage), Gittin (Divorce) and Giyur (Conversion), has been designed for well-qualified rabbis, jointly selected by both institutions. It will last for five years and its graduates will be awarded Eretz Hemda’s semicha’ Yadin-Yadin for the Diaspora’.  The Rabbinical Council of America has advertised the Montefiore Dayanut Course to its members.

The learning is delivered by Eretz Hemdah, established in Jerusalem in 1987 by a group of distinguished rabbis to prepare judges and spiritual leaders for religious communities in Israel and abroad to fulfil perceived need. Eretz Hemdah is excellently well-qualified both to deliver the programme and to confer authority on the resulting diploma; and the course is being run under the personal direction of Rabbi Yosef Carmel, the head of its Kollel. Academic rigour is required.

Participating rabbis in the Dayanut Programme take Eretz Hemdah’s examination on the completion of each topic. After passing, and fulfilling the other requirements of the programme, they will be issued with semicha ‘Yadin-Yadin for the Diaspora’ for those topics covered. Full advantage is taken of modern communication techniques to enable students to be enrolled from London, Manchester, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Hong Kong, Australia and the U.S.A.

The instructing Dayan issues a detailed learning unit each week, consisting of sources from the Gemara and Rishonim through the Shulchan Aruch and its commentators to contemporary Poskim with an emphasis on practical topics; and  gives an interactive weekly shiur online (in English), which is also recorded. In addition, there are regular face-to-face learning sessions with the Dayan at the Montefiore College in London: for those unable to attend in person because of distance, week-long seminars at Eretz Hemdah (Jerusalem), or in Los Angeles (California), will be substituted as appropriate. Participants are granted scholarships by the Montefiore Endowment to  reduce greatly the fee  for tuition.

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