The “Beit Rivka” College was founded in 1957, by the Chabad Society in Israel, due to the initiative, encouragement and blessing, of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The college was founded for the purpose of training educational teachers in the Chabad spirit. Since that time, the institution has been through many changes. At first it was a teachers’ training school, then a two-year seminary, and now it is a teachers’ training college, that awards B.A. and M.A. degrees with about 1,000 regular female students studying at the parent institution in Kfar Chabad, in the Jerusalem classes, and in the Safed branch.
Recently, the college has been running a joint one-year study program with the Shaanan Academic Religious Teachers' College in Haifa, where third year graduates do their fourth year of studies, which grants them an academic B.ed in addition to the teaching certificate that they receive from the Beit Rivka College.
The main major at the college is in Oral Law (Toshba). The college also offers six additional majors: Jewish Bible, math, English, computers, communications and science.
The college runs four study tracks: preschool, elementary school, junior high school, and a multi-age special education track.
Apart from the regular curriculum, the “Askila” Center — a professional development center for teachers — serves working male and female teachers who are interested in acquiring advanced teachings skills, and in improving their salaries, up to an M.A. level.
During its more than 50 years of existence, the college — in its various different forms — has trained thousands of school and preschool teachers who work all over Israel and the diaspora. These teachers are active in the fields of teaching, education and the strengthening of Jewish identity, in the best of the welcoming tradition of the Chabad movement.