Why We’re Here

Every Jewish student deserves a chance to enhance their connection to God, Torah learning and the advancement of their own Jewish identity. TIBC is a semi-virtual platform bringing together a community of similarly motivated Jewish students from colleges throughout the country.

At the beginning of each semester a new cohort of Freshman and Sophomores join together for a Launch Shabbaton. The weekend sparks a semester of personalized mentorship, group learning and guided independent study.

Fall 2020 Cohort Dates and Requirements

Applications for the Fall 2020 Cohort are live! The Fall 2020 Cohort will commence with a Launch Shabbaton from August 12-16 2020* (Wednesday to Sunday). The Campus Curriculum will extend until Chanukah (December 10).

TIBC will accept 25 students on rolling admission for the Fall 2020 Cohort. The application requirements include information about yourself and your Jewish aspirations on campus.

The cost of involvement in a TIBC Cohort is $599 (only $499 until June 29!). This cost covers the Cohort Launch Shabbaton, as well as all educational materials, resources, oversight and mentorship over the duration of the semester, as well as a stipend towards a trip to Israel for students who keep up their participation while on campus. *Cost should never be an obstacle we can't overcome. Scholarship will be available for those who need.*

*Shabbaton dates will be altered if necessary due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for TIBC is a (1) motivated Jewish Freshman or Sophomore in college who (2) can demonstrate a need for mentorship, advanced Torah learning or a peer network in addition to what they might have available to them on campus.


Rabbi Arieh Friedner


Rabbi Arieh Friedner grew up in the Schechter school system in Cherry Hill, NJ, before graduating from MAYHS (South River, NJ) in 2004. Rabbi Friedner went on to study in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in the Old City of Jerusalem for four years, receiving Rabbical ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg as well as outreach training through Aish HaTorah and Ohr Samayach. Rabbi Arieh and Elissa Friedner moved to Cleveland, OH in 2008. For 11 years they supported and mentored countless individuals while leading the Cleveland Chapter of NCSY and directing a Bus of TJJ; a premiere summer program for NCSY. In 2019 he founded TIBC as a new resource for students with a strong Jewish passion who found Jewish growth difficult on campus.


TIBC Mentorship Teams are comprised of experienced and excited college and post college young adults. Mentors vary for each semester, and join each cohort to offer experience, study support and mentorship.


  • How is TIBC adapting to the Covid-19 Pandemic?

    Hopefully the current situation will be resolved in time for TIBC to launch its Fall 2020 Cohort with a Shabbaton as planned. If that is not the case, the Shabbaton will be postponed until the earliest possible time that most of the cohort will be available.

    In the scenario that an opportunity for the Shabbaton does not materialize, TIBC will operate with the rest of its virtual learning and mentorship without a Shabbaton.

  • I have to focus on school - how much time will TIBC take?

    After the Shabbaton, every element of TIBC’s curriculum can be adapted to your schedule and flexed to your availability. Webinars are recorded and the rest of the education modules are designed from the outset to be actionable on your own timeline. On busy school-weeks, students may only have 30 minutes available. On more relaxed weeks, students may have 3 hours or more. Whatever your schedule is, and whatever your day or week is like, TIBC is designed to be there for you to the extent that you’re ready for it.
  • Is TIBC a replacement for a Gap Year Program?

    Not even close!

    A Gap Year in Israel is an unbelievable opportunity to engrain your Jewish identity on your future selves. Nothing can replace a year or even a semester of investing time and thought into Jewish study and introspection with some of the world’s greatest educators in our beautiful homeland.

  • Don’t we already have Hillel, Chabad, etc.? Why not get involved with something on my campus?

    You should!

    TIBC operates in cohorts each semester, so you can be a part of TIBC and still frequent the amazing Jewish resources you have on your campus for your entire college career!

    TIBC is designed for motivated Jewish students who want to add one more component to their Jewish journey. Make sure you’ve investigated your resources on campus and utilize them first!

  • If I join a TIBC Cohort for one semester can I also join a second?

    You will not be excluded from applying to a second TIBC cohort. Applications will be reviewed uniquely for each cohort and may include repeat students.
  • Can’t I find online classes for free?

    Yes, you can – and you should!

    TIBC, however, is not just virtual learning. TIBC is a community of similarly motivated students from across the Country who want to add a layer of accountability to their Jewish goals with advanced learning opportunities and personalized mentorship.