Crown Heights Learning Program Set to Expand

Semichas Chaver – Chabad, in conjunction with Irgun Torah, is announcing its expansion in Crown Heights with a new Shiur by Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz, with the two ongoing shiurim, by Rabbi Michoel Lerner and Rabbi Zalman Abraham, starting a new Zman. 

Join a weekly shiur that learns halachic sugyos from the Gemara to the Alter Rebbe and contemporary Poskim, with an emphasis on modern-day application. Easily Impart the learning to your family with Q&A and comics. Receive a Semichas Chaver certificate signed by leading Rabbonim in the world and in Chabad. All with no cost to join! 

This zman master the halachos of בשול, שהייה, חזרה, and הטמנה.

New SCP Shiur by Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz. The shiur will take place Thursday Evenings, 8:20PM. At Mishkan Moshe, 580 Crown St. (Please note the change of time and location for this shiur).

Starting this Thursday, 4 Iyar, May 5th

Rabbi Michoel Lerner the shiur will take place Sunday mornings, 10:15am. 

At Lefferts Shul, 672 Lefferts Ave. Breakfast and Mezonos served.

New Zman, Starting this Sunday May 8th/Zayin Iyar. 

For registration fill out this Google Form: or email [email protected]

Rabbi Zalman Abraham the Shiur will take place Sunday nights, following ma’ariv, 8:00pm. 

At East Flatbush Beis Midrash, 790 Troy Ave.

New Zman, Starting this Sunday May 8th/Zayin Iyar. 

For registration email [email protected] or call 917-758-8984

For more information, email: [email protected]  


Semichas Chaver (SCP) is an organization led by Rabbi Elyada Goldwicht that provides a curriculum to teach in-depth halacha classes. The program is currently in over 120 locations with over 2,000 weekly talmidim. The classes are a text based study of the background and underlying principles of the halacha. The curriculum starts with the Gemara and Shulchan Aruch and follows the chain of the halacha to the contemporary Poskim.

Semichas Chaver – Chabad (SCP-Chabad) is a branch of Semichas Chaver directed by Rabbi Betzalel Bassman and Rabbi Avrohom Jacks. SCP-Chabad is working in conjunction with numerous Lubavitcher Rabbonim to adapt the curriculum to follow the opinions of the Alter Rebbe, Tzemach Tzedek and Chabad Poskim.

The curriculum is approximately a 7-year program divided into 6-month courses. Each 6-month course is an independent study. After each 6 month course, the students review the material and take a test. Those that pass the test receive a prestigious Semichas Chaver plaque signed by leading Rabbonim in the world and Chabad. SCP-Chabad is endorsed by HaRav Gedaliya Oberlander shlit”a and HaRav Yehoram Ullman shlit”a.


What topics are going to be covered in the next current curriculum?

In the coming zman, the topics will be Lechem Mishna, the morning Kiddush, Havdalah and Amira Lakum.

What are some examples of the topics covered over the 7 year curriculum?

Bishul Akum, Pas Akum, Tevilas Keilim, Ha’galas Keilim, Basar V’cholov, Berochos, Nida, Mezuzah, Muktza, Melaben, Bone B’Keilim, Borer, Sechita, Hadlokas Neiros, Ribbis, Hilchos Tefila, Hilchos Beis Haknesses, And much more.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost for the Talmidim, all that is required is a desire to grow in Torah and Yiras Shomayim.

How often is the shiur?

It is a weekly shiur. In each 6 month zman there are about 20 shiurim. There are a few weeks left for off weeks and a couple of weeks for review before the test and siyum.

I already got Semicha, is there anything for me to gain from Semichas Chaver?

In the current 29 SCP-Chabad locations there are over 500 weekly participants and a large percentage already have Semicha.

What topics will be covered this zman?

This next 6-month z’man, which in the coming week, will include the topics of Bishul, Shiya, Hatmana, and Chazara.

Is this Rabbinical Semicha?

No, this is a certificate that celebrates mastery over various sections in Halacha.

Are the classes available over Zoom?

No, the classes are live face-to-face.

Can I get recordings of the class?

The classes are only available to regular participants. If someone misses a class they can get a recording but they are not available to the public.

What is unique about SCP-Chabad? 

Participants feel that it is the perfect balance between a deep understanding of the background to the halacha and the extreme practical modern application.

What’s special about SCP-Chabad is that each student is charged with taking the information from the shiur and bringing it home to their family. After each shiur participants receive Q&A’s based on that week’s class to share practical halachos at the Shabbos table. There is also a weekly comic strip based on one of the halachos of that week’s class to share with the kids.

“כל איש ישראל חייב בתלמוד תורה . . בתחלה צריך לידע הרבה מן האיסור והמותר . . ואיך לעשות המצות הנהוגות כדי שידע לשמור ולעשות ולא יחטא” – אדמו”ר הזקן, שולחן ערוך א, קנה א.

“אודות קביעות בכל יום ויום ללמוד שו”ע אורח חיים בהלכות הנצרכות למעשה – הרי כדי שלימוד זה יהי’ בקביעות, צ”ל גם לימוד השו”ע בחבורה דוקא, עכ”פ פעם או פעמיים בשבוע – תורת מנחם יג, 85.p

For more information on SCP-Chabad contact Rabbi Betzalel Bassman at [email protected] 

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