Dr. Chavi Goldberg – CyberSem
It seems that for the past several years, at least, COLlive has been publishing, in various formats, complaints about Seminaries.
As an educator, having gone back for my own Continuous Education when I felt that I needed some upgrading being that I had gone to Sem over 2 decades earlier, discovered that one could study almost anything online, except that one could not go to Seminary online.
I spoke with a prominent Rav in Lubavitch for his take on it, and he said if the boys can get Smicha online, then girls should be able to go to Seminary online. That was my mandate to move forward. In those days, educators were still grappling with the issue of college attendance, and accreditation of their own schools.
With the promise of higher pay for the girls with a college degree, I enrolled in a doctoral program so that with an Ed.D. (Doctorate in Education), I would be able to secure accreditation for my students down the road, which is exactly what happened.
In the meantime, I have developed a wonderful program of courses, with more to come. I am able to use the best of content developing talent from all over the world, because we are online. I do not employ any male instructors but do use them to develop content.
We have written courses that are stimulating for students who have a day school background. They include Chumash, Rashi Sichos, Historia, Navi, Public Speaking and Writing and Mishlei, and in production is a fabulous course the halachos of Shabbos and yomtov in the Kitchen, that is fully graphic and clear. Over the summer we are working on teacher continuing education courses. We have other courses for women of various backgrounds.
My students have a chance to continue their Torah education on a stimulating, rigorous level, not the same as they did in High School. They will interact with similar girls from around the world and learn the 21st-century skills to gain appropriate employment afterwards.
I have built self-regulation skills into all of my courses which gives the students the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to merge into the adult world and become lifelong learners.
The courses are full 12-week semester courses with preparation, discussions, homework, and assignments included in the week’s study. The students interact with the material and are not just passive recipients. They actively extend their own knowledge and share with both fellow students and instructors. The cost is a small fraction of a full seminary curriculum, and the girls can be involved in other pursuits while continuing their studies from the convenience of their homes.
CyberSem does not replace a live seminary, and it is not intended to. For girls and their families for whom any aspect of the traditional seminary does not work, explore the CyberSem option. I welcome your interest and inquiries. Visit us online at cybersem.com.
By the way, there is no application fee for CyberSem.