Core MMC Training Program

*(Mashpia~Mentor~Counselor)

Core’s Inaugural MMC Cohort

Core has a rigorous two year spiritual mentorship and counseling training program. Candidates are exposed to a wide range of issues and ideas as well as a broad variety of concepts, modalities, approaches and traditions so that they can effectively work with community members, lay-leaders and community professionals in spiritual, emotional and social realms.
Core MMCs operate from a halacha based Torah hashkafa. As they work, they have access to a pool of professionals: rabbonim, physicians, therapists, attorneys, psychologists and social workers to whom they may refer, and from whom they may seek guidance. In addition, they are part of an international community of practice with other Core MMCs so they may continue growing and learning from and with their peers.
Over the past year, Core MMCs have answered calls from women who seek spiritual advice or guidance in areas such as: parenting, dating, marriage, intimacy, infertility, fertility at forty, postpartum depression, parenting/relating to adult children and in-law children, respecting and caring for parents and in-law parents, managing homes with children who have left the derech, managing marriages where husbands have left the derech, managing relationships that include mental illness, understanding Jews from different communities and different hashkafos, dealing with trauma, emunas chachamim, emunah and bitachon, spiritual anchoring and spiritual growth.

We are currently accepting applications for our next MMC training program.

Qualifying candidates will recieve an invitation for an interview during the week of May 1st, 2022 be”H.

FAQs

The ideal candidate for the MMC training program is a woman who is a role model in her community. She is a woman to whom others turn for a listening ear, advice or counsel. Her Jewish education is broad, deep and continuing, she has decades of adult life experience, and a passion for helping Jewish women and the Jewish community grow.

Candidates should have been raised in and/or have created a frum home. They should have a broad, deep and ongoing Jewish education in addition to the ability to find answers to the Jewish/Torah questions they have. This may be through their own research or through having someone to whom they can easily turn.

Here’s a peek at what to expect:
• Weekly live interactive Zoom classes, taught by a wide variety of teachers, rabbis and professionals
• Reading or viewing homework (books, articles, Ted Talks, video clips, etc.)
• Weekly conversations about the classes and materials to take place on both WhatsApp and Zoom during semester dates.
• Weekly supervision
• Local fieldwork during the first semester
• Distance fieldwork during the second year
• Participants should expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours a week during semesters, not including time spent in fieldwork.
• Three overnight conferences during the two years

There is no tuition for the two year MMC Training Program. We are grateful to have the opportunity to practice our vision of “investing in those who invest in Klal Yisrael”. But participation is not free. “Payment” for this program takes the form of a solid commitment to high engagement and active participation in all elements of the training program, and to using the training to contribute even more to Klal Yisrael.

That being said, while Core will cover the education and program costs, participants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses for the three in person conferences over the two years and for any travel necessary for the distance fieldwork in the second year (some help with these expenses will be available for those who need it).

While the MMC Training Program is similar in work load and learning depth to a master’s degree, it is not yet accredited and does not offer a formal degree. At the graduation of the program, however, Core does confer a certificate of completion and the privilege of adding MMC to the end of your name.

We have had over 60 teachers over the course of the 80 classes that the initial cohort participated in.  Some of those teachers were: Rabbi Avraham Edelstein, Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, Dr. Lisa Aiken, Mrs. Sara Eisemann, Mrs. Rochel Goldbaum, Rebbetzin Yehudis Golshevsky and Mrs. Faigie Zelcer.

After each application is reviewed, we will invite qualified applicants for interviews by May 6 and will be”H make our final selections for the program by June 20, 2022.

Core seeks counsel from Rav Yitzchak Breitowitz, Rabbi Avraham Edelstein and Rav Asher Weiss.

In addition, we have recieved divrei bracha and hadracha from (listed in alphabetical order by last name) Rabbi David Aaron, HaRav Elya Brudny, Rabbi Avraham Edelstein, Rabbi Yitzchak Feigenbaum, Rabbi Eli Gewirtz, Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Rabbi YY Jacobson, HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, The Krula Rebbe, Rabbi Aaron Lopiansky,  Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, Rabbi Nochum Stillerman, Rabbi Michel Twerski, Rebbetzin Yehudis Golshevsky, Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller Gottlieb, Rebbetzin Chaya Levine, Rebbetzin Feigi Twerski, Mrs. Esther Wein, Mrs. Estee Yarmish and The Agudas Yisrael.

Applications close on April 10, 2022.  The cohort will be”H be announced by June 20, 2022.  Zoom program orientation will be June 26, 2022 at 12 noon EST.

The MMC program will begin with an in person opening conference on October 30-31, 2022.  Classes will be weekly from after the initial conference until Tisha b’Av with a one week break for Chanuka and Purim and three weeks for Pesach.  Classes will resume after Pesach and break in Av.  First year projects will be presented during Elul.  The program breaks for Yamim Noraim and begins again with the second conference will be”H take place on October 15-16, 2023.  Classes will again be weekly from after the second conference until Tisha b’Av with a one week break for Chanuka and Purim and three weeks for Pesach.  Classes will again resume after Pesach and break in Av. Second year projects will be presented in Elul culminating with a graduation on September 15-16, 2024.