LONDON SCHOOL OF JEWISH STUDIES

United Kingdom, England

Providing educational courses and training to the Jewish community, London School of Jewish Studies was founded as Jews’ College and is an organization based in London. As hoe it functioned during its founding years, it now offers rabbinical training. In collaboration with the Judith Lady Montefiore College, it also offers a Semicha programme and the part-time programme lasts for four years which is 16 lecture hours per week and 38 study weeks per year. Though the curriculum is focused on Halacha, the course also consists of Tanakh, history and ethics along with community-directed practical subjects like public speaking, counselling, life events, Hazanut and teaching skills. The school hosts The Montefiore Kollel, which is an intensive programme which lasts a year and is focused on Gemara study and emphasizes on halachic applications and the students will be mandated to spend a year in Kollel. 

Campus Life

The Marc Weinberg Community Library is Jewry’s one of the most significant resources and it holds the college’s historic Collection that includes more than 70,000 volumes of Hebraica and Judaica. Lewis Mayer Rothschild was the first donor of the library with the purchase from Jews’ and General Literary and Scientific Institution. In memory of him, the library was refurbished, modernized and digitized and currently the library has a modern open library for academic and personal study with wi-fi facilities and online catalogue. It also consists of a Discovery Studio that is used for children’s educational activities including The Children’s Pop-Up Library. It provides a welcoming environment to browse and buy books along with facilities to research and study. The main facilities of the library include free wi-fi, a book store, a children’s corner and access to the archives.

Noted Alumni

The most notable alumni of the school include Michael Adler, Francis Lyon Cohen, Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple AO.