The Abe M. & Geri Cohen Rabbinical College

Vital in its approach and vibrant in its tradition, the Abe M. & Geri Cohen Rabbinical College is the leading Sephardic center for Torah learning and training for the rabbinate. The mission of the SSC is to change the world through education by placing rabbis, trained in Sephardic tradition and Jewish law, in struggling Sephardic communities around the globe.

For three decades, the Abe M. & Geri Cohen Rabbinical College, has provided an unsurpassed educational experience to rabbinical students from around the globe. Embodying Sephardic tradition and our rich heritage, the three-to-four year accredited rabbinical training program is responsiveness to community needs, and provides a preeminent source of rabbinic leadership for the next generation and beyond.

In an increasingly complex world, the Abe M. & Geri Cohen Rabbinical College prepares its students to face the complex issues of today's society, while anchored in the sacred legacy of Torah and the Jewish people.

The Abe M. & Geri Cohen Rabbinical Program has trained some of the Sephardic world's most distinguished Orthodox rabbis, scholars, and teachers. With their rich grounding of Jewish law and Halakha, our graduates assume a broad range of leadership roles in the community while ensuring the perpetuation of Jewish scholarship.

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Mikdash Shaul Dayanut Training Program 

Rabbinical Ordination

Upon completion of the Mikdash Shaul Dayanut Training Program the Dayan (a Judge presiding over Jewish Matters) is qualified to sit on a Beit Din (Jewish Court).

7-year intensive program

In 1994 the Dayanut Program was inaugurated. The pioneering groups of 12 participants all graduated and received their Dayanut Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Some have taken official positions in Israel. Currently there are more than 20 students enrolled in the program.

The near future may bring the establishment of a private Beit Din in Israel as well as an international Beit Din. The latter has the approval of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and will be assigned to oversee all divorce (gittin) cases throughout the world. They will deal with problems arising from marital difficulties and questionable conversions along with the consequences that have developed as a result. The Dayanim are poised and ready to serve in these positions.

Rabbinical Placement Program 

The SSC/Mikdash Sephardi’s main goal is to ensure Jewish continuity through education. Through an international network, the SSC trains rabbis, dayanim, shochets, mohels and spritiual leaders and places them in synagogues and Sephardic communities around the globe.

The SSC has trained more than 150 rabbis, 15 dayanim, 60 teachers, 40 mohalim, 25 shochetim and a multitude of spiritual leaders. To date the SSC/Mikdash Sephardi has placed more than 150 rabbis in communities and synagogues all over the United States as well as in South America, Mexico, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia and the Far East. This program helps revive dying communities by instilling Jewish values and practices, educating Jews as to their history, prevents assimilation and assures Jewish continuity.

Throughout the Diaspora there are dozens of startup congregations, interested in hiring a Rabbi. Due to financial considerations, many cannot afford the luxury. Some congregations look for a young rabbi. The remaining congregations seek a rabbi who is an authority on halacha and on contemporary challenges, who will be involved in all facets of Jewish life and education of the youth. Each week the SSC is approached with a request for a rabbi at some community around the world. More than 20 congregations have turned to us in recent months with the request that we provide them with this type of rabbi.

In terms of development, each year Rabbi Kassin, Rabbi Shamoula and other staff rabbis travel the world in support of newly-placed rabbis or to consult with community leaders on their needs.

If your community needs a rabbi for your congregation, or for holiday services, contact the Shehebar Sephardic Center's Israel office at or at 972.2.627.3231

Golden Leaves 

GOLDEN LEAVES aspires to expose the young Jewish entrepreneurs to the newest trends in international business. The study of languages or short internships abroad allows direct knowledge and contact with the source of production, bypassing the needs for intermediaries. A more profound knowledge’s of new countries and cultures opens doors for unforeseen opportunities, such as selling to China, not just buying from them. All these while keeping the Emunah that HaShem is the source of success and that success is shared with peers and the business person’s good name is their most precious capital.

GOLDEN LEAVES aspires to teach business skills to those engaged in the world of Torah and teaching the principles of Torah to those engaged in the world of business. Fulfilling the maxim of our Rabbis in Pirqe abot: יפה תלמוד תורה עם דרך ארץ the integration of Torah with a descent source of parnasa (livelihood).

GOLDEN LEAVES wants to train and educate the next generation of Jews to be successful Jewish businessmen with Emunah, kindness and integrity. They will become, B’H, the future leaders of Jewish communities.

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