Nearly 500 students graduate from Chabad high schools each year with the hopes of continuing their undergraduate studies the following year in a Chabad seminary.
Today, most Chabad seminaries offer a one-year program, with limited options to continue Judaic studies, many young women will discontinue their undergraduate studies and take up temporary shlichus (outreach) positions, while others will pursue degrees in teaching, therapies, arts or other sciences.
With the central role young Chabad women play in their homes, and in many instances as leaders in their communities, a strong foundation in education, theology and practical halacha is essential. CyberSem is ideal for such students who will continue pursuing their Bachelor’s degrees. CyberSem’s goal is to provide an online format that resolves the geographic and space problem by offering online seminary courses in a variety of Torah subjects and communications courses.
According to Mrs. Chavi Goldberg, EdD, president and founder of CyberSem, LLC, CyberSem plans to address the needs of a variety of learning styles by utilizing multiple teaching techniques through collaborative and other higher thinking methods in addition to traditional lecture-based instruction. The e-Learning study format includes discussions, chats, synchronous as well as non-synchronous activities and assignments and will provide students with knowledge and comfort with technology that will prepare them to engage in the 21st century job market, if they so desire.
Mrs. Goldberg has been an educator for three decades and is responsible for educational oversight and operations, including curriculum development, program development, faculty and student recruitment, academic excellence and financial oversight. By eliminating the high overhead costs of a traditional brick and mortar institution, CyberSem is able to provide a cost effective solution to women who don’t have affordable learning opportunities available. CyberSem offers a viable opportunity for women of all ages either to return to Seminary or to enroll in Seminary for the first time and not miss out on an exciting, valuable learning opportunity.
CyberSem is offering one free course in Chassidus based on the maamar Vayishlach Yehoshua: historical background of when the maamar was said, review of the relevant commentaries of the chumash and novi texts, and an in-depth study of the maamar itself. Enrollment is currently open at http://www.CyberSem.com.
The website will have updates on the many interesting and innovative courses as they are made available, as well as contact information for Mrs. Goldberg for further questions.