WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL TORAH FELLOWSHIP?
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Noahide Nations has a strong commitment to the Noahide Nations world community and wishes to provide support in many areas, including, but not limited to, the starting and growing of Noahide groups throughout the world, resolving major issues within the Noahide Community, establishing educated and credible Noahide Leadership, continuing to establish continuing education programs and more. The organization of the International Torah Fellowship is a symbol of that commitment. The ITF is developing the framework for credibility, accountability, and legitimacy favorable to the establishment of Noahide groups on a local level. This framework will provide educational opportunities necessary for the development of new Noahide groups, qualified leaders, as well as the continuing support of Noahide Nations and of the ITF’s network of Noahide leaders.
ITF Mission Statement: The International Torah Fellowship is an organization of Torah adherent gentile leaders who are dedicated to the awareness and practice of the Torah among non-Jews. It is the objective of this organization to insure that ITF has qualified leaders and the organizational support needed to meet any legal and institutional requirements. The ITF will offer continuing education by qualified Rabbis to provide the highest standards possible in Torah training, enabling our leaders and teachers to better serve all gentiles in Torah instruction, spiritual guidance and ceremonial services. Noahide Nations’ International Torah Fellowship will assist in every way possible to provide the tools and information to sustain a local Noahide group in every community. Additionally, we will continue to build a bridge from Rabbinical Torah halacha to the daily application of Torah practices for the non-Jews.
ITF Leadership requirements: Based upon the Torah being HaShem's living word, the requirement of a Torah adherent gentile leader is to be a doer of the word. A person who is actively involved in serving in a Noahide group as well as advancing and promoting a Torah based lifestyle among the non-observant gentles. A Noahide leader must live a life above reproach in all modesty with compliance to the seven Noahide commandments. To insure that leaders of Noahide groups are continuing to increase their Torah knowledge there will be advanced Torah education courses offered within the Noahide Nations Academy of Shem Noahide Yeshiva and/or other designated learning centers approved by Noahide Nations and the International Torah Fellowship.
ITF Levels of leadership: Opportunity exists within the organization for acceptance, achievement and advancement that is not based upon race, gender, age or social status. It will be based on an individual’s commitment to Torah study and their service to Noahides. Any of the terminologies used within this organization are for the sole purpose of identifying these levels of leadership and may or may not be used at the discretion of the individual leaders or communities to identify their individual leaders and teachers. The International Torah Fellowship currently recognizes three levels of Membership.
Elder Hakham: Recognizes the individual who is a Member in “Good Standing” with the Noahide Nations International Torah Fellowship and completed the requirements of “Nagid” and “Ordained Hakham” and has demonstrated skills in Torah based instruction, spiritual guidance and ceremonial services for non-Jews and have completed five of the advanced levels of Torah studies within the Noahide Nations Academy of Shem or other designated learning centers approved by Noahide Nations and the International Torah Fellowship. They must have served as a “Hakham” for at least three years in one or more Noahide Groups and has created and implemented successful community outreach programs.
Hakham: Recognizes the individual who is a Member in “Good Standing” with the Noahide Nations International Torah Fellowship and completed the requirements of “Nagid” and has demonstrated skills in Torah based instruction, spiritual guidance and ceremonial services for non-Jews and have completed five courses of the advanced level of Torah studies within the Noahide Nations Academy of Shem or other designated learning centers approved by Noahide Nations and the International Torah Fellowship. They must have served as a “Nagid” for at least three years in one or more Noahide Groups and have created and implemented successful community outreach programs.
Nagid: Recognizes the individual who has successfully completed and been certified in the yeshiva taught Seven Noahide Laws Course and offered in the Noahide Nations Academy of Shem. They must complete an application and be approved by a three member panel of “Hakham” for Membership into the International Torah Fellowship.
All levels are recognized by Noahide Nations and its subsidiaries as being qualified to have all the rights, privileges and
responsibilities of being a licensed religious clergy of a Noahide Group.