Who is the CKD looking for?
The CKD is looking for talented individuals who:
Aspire to begin a career in community leadership within 5 years.
Are between 25-30 years old this coming Elul and married.
Candidates with and without children are accepted.
Have a strong learning background.
Are prepared for a rigorous program involving three sedarim each day, weekly tests in all areas, the regular delivery of chaburos both to chaverim in kollel and to men and women in the English-speaking community in and around Yerushalayim, the regular writing of articles on a variety of topics, shimush talmidei chochomim, and Rabbanut Smicha examinations.
Are prepared to move to Yerushalayim before Rosh Chodesh Elul.
Are the graduates of the program able to take positions in Eretz Israel, or would they be required to move to chutz l'aretz for a period of time?
CKD graduates are only allowed to take major leadership positions - to be the founder or head of a school, yeshiva, or kollel, or to be the founder or chief rabbi of a community, or the director of a large kiruv program, etc. There are very few such opportunities available in any country, and the chances are that such positions would be awarded to people fluent not only in the local language but also the local culture. Therefore, since CKD caters to English speaking avreichim, the chances are much higher that graduates will find their positions in English speaking countries. While the CKD is theoretically open to its graduates taking positions in Israel, it is very unlikely that appropriate positions will be offered in Israel, and therefore applicants must assume they may be compelled to take positions in chutz l'aretz
What does a typical learning schedule look like, concerning scope, speed, and range of topics?
The typical schedule is 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM halacha/preparation for Smicha examinations (equivalent of 1.5 daf of Shulchan Aruch/week); 2:00-3:00 chinuch, sholom bayis, and sifrei gadolei hamussar; 3:00-7:00 new blatt and chazara of old dapim, mussar seder, and tefillah; 9-11 PM night seder.
What obligations will my wife have to the program during the 5 year fellowship?
The CKD wives have no specific obligations. The CKD tries to free them of the need to seek parnasa so that they can provide full time emotional and physical support for their families - an essential when the husbands are keeping such a vigorous schedule. Although the wives of CKD avreichim are never required to take time away from their home lives, they have voluntarily created an extremely active "N'shei" that includes classes on psychology and counseling, chinuch, sholom bayis, and mussar. The group also organizes special seminars on a wide range of topics, from emergency medical training to self-defense. The CKD supports and is proud of all its N'shei activities.