So much of what I have achieved since studying in the (Montefiore) College and receiving my semicha is due to what I learned there and I am very grateful to my teachers and to the Montefiore Endowment for all their assistance and guidance.
Rabbi Jonny Solomon
The College is exacting in its requirements for entry. It expects applicants to have a good educational background, both in Torah learning and in secular studies. Most will have attended yeshiva and many will also hold university degrees; but there are no hard and fast rules and each application is assessed on individual merit. The acceptance of the concept of Torah im Derekh Eretz and a wish to employ the training in the service of the Jewish community are essential requirements.
Successful applicants will be awarded Montefiore Scholarships to cover all tuition fees, estimated at between £17,000 to £20,000 a year, the precise amount depending on the number of students enrolled at time of calculation. Bursaries may also be available in cases of need.
Ashkenazim and Sephardim
The Montefiore College accepts students from Ashkenazi and Sephardi backgrounds without distinction.
Secular Careers or Studies in Tandem
Students are encouraged to continue their careers or courses of study in parallel with their semicha studies. Limited bursaries are available to help those who have difficulty in taking time off work to attend the course.
The cycles of study start in November every four years; but entry will be considered at other times during the cycle depending on the particular textual level and other circumstances of each applicant.
All applications should be made, in the first instance, to the Chairman of Trustees, Montefiore Endowment (see our contact page for details). Applicants should attach a current C.V. together with a written statement of the reasons why they wish to join the Course
I can only echo . . . comments about our gratitude to the (Montefiore) Kollel and all that it has given us over the last few years . . It has enabled me to develop the skills to learn Halacha, spend time considering issues relevant as a practising Rabbi and develop a wonderful connection with both the teachers on the course and my colleagues as well, for which I will be eternally grateful.
Rabbi Aron Lovat