About Us

The Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies was founded in 2010 with the goal of helping Yeshiva and Seminary students earn their degree in an appropriate environment in line with their education and background, and without having to compromise their values.  We saw that there was a growing need in the religious community for students to earn their undergraduate degree and in direct response to this need, we developed college level courses which are recommended for credits by NCCRS in Jewish studies such as Bible, Ethics, Talmud, and Jewish Law in order to allow students to gain access to credit recommendations in these fields which could then be potentially converted into credits at regionally accredited colleges such as Excelsior University, Thomas Edison State University, and others; thereby allowing students to complete their bachelor’s undergraduate degree without compromising their values.  In 2012, we realized that although our offerings could allow a student to gain access to around 100 credit recommendations using our Judaic studies courses, we could not help them fulfill their core requirements of English Composition, Math, and Science.  As a result of this, we founded the TOR Academy, a subsidiary of RIJS, to offer students the full experience of fulfilling everything they would need under one roof.  Formed under the direction of Yeshivas Bircas Hatorah in Jerusalem, our program is designed to help a student gain recommendations for course credits toward a BA in the most efficient way possible and in an environment in which they can feel fully comfortable.

Available to both men and women, anyone around the world can enroll, study with our custom study guides and audio and visual aids, and ultimately come in to test in our center in the Old City of Jerusalem, or online via our proctored online testing center.  Once a student registers with us they will receive an email welcoming them to our program and have full access to all our study guides and materials.  Students are recommended for course credit subject to successful completion of course material and passing correlating examinations. 

We have testing centers throughout that world, with a multinational team working together to offer the smoothest testing experience for both students and test administrators.

RIJS and our subsidiary TOR courses and exams have been evaluated for college level credit recommendations by The National College Recommendation Service (NCCRS).  Hundreds of colleges and universities around the United States have expressed a willingness to consider NCCRS credit recommendations toward their undergraduate degree programs.  Please note that each academic institution makes the determination about which recommendations to accept and convert into applied credits toward a student’s degree track.