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Overview

As part of our commitment to Torat Tziyon, Yeshiva University is excited to announce several pilot academic programs in Israel for qualifying undergraduate and graduate students, beginning fall 2022, along with expanded Torat Tziyon summer programs. These pilot programs will continue to strengthen our connections with Israel by providing students with the full YU experience in Jerusalem. These new programs will further enhance our students’ ability to build and refine core leadership and market-ready skills, while working closely with our faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Undergraduate Student Eligibility

The program is open to Sy Syms and Stern College for Women juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.3 and have spent at least one semester at YU in New York. Seniors will be given priority over juniors.

Additionally, undergraduate students who wish to spend spring 2023 doing an internship in Israel for undergraduate credit may register.

If you have an interest in the undergraduate program, please contact torattziyon@yu.edu.

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Graduate School Program

The Yeshiva University Torat Tziyon program allows graduate students in several Yeshiva University asynchronous, online degrees to conduct their studies while living in the land of Israel. Torat Tziyon—based on YU’s characteristic daily schedule of combined Torah studies and academic classes—will offer an unforgettable experience for YU students, connecting them with educators innovating new frontiers in Jewish and general studies. In addition to academic excellence, the students can take advantage of a vibrant Jewish campus life filled with cultural enrichment, engaging student activities and extracurricular programs, both during the week and on Shabbat.

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YU Summer Experience — Student Eligibility

Undergraduate students will be able to participate in summer experiences designed to transform their future with opportunities to work, volunteer, and learn in Israel, as well as meet with their YU alumni network in Israel. Stay tuned for more information as the season approaches. 

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Next Steps

The application for graduate students is now open. Apply now!

If you have an interest in the undergraduate program, please contact torattziyon@yu.edu.

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FAQs

Student Life

There will be student activities, tiyulim (trips), and Shabbat programming. Rav Josh and Rabbanit Margot Botwinick will serve as the campus Rav and Rabbanit and spearhead this programming.

Students will have access to our counseling center, Shevet Glaubach Career Center, and academic advisors. Rav Josh and Rabbanit Margot Botwinick will serve as the campus Rav and Rabbanit.

We will work closely with the Office of Student Life to ensure students who participate in the pilot program are included in yearbook photos in fall 2022.

All enrolled undergraduate students are expected to live in YU Israel-provided housing. Food services will be provided as well.

The men will be housed on the YU Israel (YUI) campus in Bayit Vegan in Jerusalem. The women will be staying at the Chorev campus next door to the YUI campus in a newly renovated apartment.

We will work with the Shevet Glaubach Center and YU Israel to identify internship opportunities for students to apply to.

If you have an interest in the undergraduate program, please contact torattziyon@yu.edu.

The application for the graduate program can be found here.

Torah Studies

The learning program for the women will be overseen by Rabbanit Shani Taragin and will consist of morning classes similar to those offered on the Beren campus in the Jewish Studies department, as well as a beis midrash option with chavrusa learning followed by a shiur given by Rabbanit Taragin.

The learning schedule will follow closely what we have on the Wilf campus for MYP/SBMP students, with learning in the mornings, including chavrusa time in the beis midrash, followed by shiur. We hope to have a number of shiur options. Advanced students will have the opportunity to join RIETS Kollel Gemara Shiurim taught by Rabbi Asaf Bednarsh or Rabbi Chaim Eisenstein. Rabbi Josh Botwinick will teach shiurim exclusively for undergrads. 

No. The program is dual-curriculum as it is in New York and will need to taken with YU faculty and rabbis.

Masmidim Honors students are not eligible for this program. 

Undergraduate Academics

The program is open to Sy Syms and Stern College for Women juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.3 and have spent at least one semester at YU in New York. Seniors will be given priority over juniors.

Students must have completed at least 60 credits to be considered a junior, while seniors must have taken at least 94 credits. Credits earned through year(s) spent studying in Israel through the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program count toward these standings.

Additionally, please note the following: 

  • The program is not open to Israeli Olim or permanent residents.
  • The Torat Tziyon fall semester counts toward the six-semester residency requirement. 
  • Seniors will be required to return from the program for at least one semester in NYC before graduation unless you will be graduating in January. 

If the slate of courses offered fits your course needs, juniors are welcome to register for the program as long as they have completed at least two semesters at YU in New York and have an overall GPA of 3.3. Seniors will be given priority over juniors, though.

The program is not open to Israeli Olim or permanent residents.

The fall 2022 courses for Sy Syms students (men) include:

  • Founder’s Dilemmas (Strategy & Entrepreneurship – 3 credits)
  • Systematic Inventive Thinking (Marketing or Strategy & Entrepreneurship – 3 credits)
  • Ethical and Legal Environment of Business (Business Law – 3 credits)
  • Designing Your Jewish Life (Jewish Values curriculum – 2 credits)
  • TBD Finance Elective (3 credits)
  • Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • Zionism/Modern Israeli History (3 credits)
  • Hebrew Language (online - 3 credits)

The fall 2022 courses for Sy Syms students (women) include:

  • Systematic Inventive Thinking (Marketing or Strategy & Entrepreneurship – 3 credits)
  • TBD Finance Elective (3 credits)
  • Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • Ethical and Legal Environment of Business (Business Law – 3 credits)
  • Founder’s Dilemmas (Strategy & Entrepreneurship – 3 credits)
  • Business Analytics Capstone
  • Practical Workplace Halacha/Designing Your Jewish Life (Jewish Values Curriculum – 2 credits)/
  • TBD Humanities / Social Sciences Course Tied to Israel (3 credits)

The fall 2022 courses for Stern College for Women students include:

  • Zionism/Modern Israeli History (Foundations of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences – 3 credits)
  • English Literature (3 credits)
  • Speech (3 credits)
  • Sociology (3 credits)
  • Hebrew Language (online - 3 credits)
  • Practical Workplace Halacha/Designing Your Jewish Life (Jewish Values Curriculum – 2 credits)
  • Art Studio Course (At Midreshet Emunah V'Omanut - 3 Transfer Credits)

Yes. If the slate of fall courses (plus any spring 2022 adjustments you make) enables you to complete your requirements by January 2023, you could take the fall classes and then have the option to do several things in Israel in spring 2023. For instance, YU Israel could set you up with a spring internship, or you could start one of the online YU graduate programs while living in Israel in YU housing and doing Torah studies in the morning. Note, that Syms students would need to move their capstone course to spring 2022.

Fall 2022 will consist of a full load of courses, including requirements and electives. Spring 2023 is open to students who wish to do an internship for credit for a semester. No undergraduate courses will be offered in Israel in spring 2023. 

If the slate of courses we are offering works for you, we would love to have you in the program.  Please work with Academic Advising to plan your remaining semesters (including spring 2022) so you can fulfill all requirements and shift around the necessary courses so you can take advantage of the full slate of courses offered at Torat Tziyon.

The undergraduate courses will not be co-ed. 

Yes. For the fall courses, you will be a YU student taking courses on a YU campus. If you remain in Israel to do an internship in the spring, that would not count toward the semester-residency requirement, just like it would not count in NYC.

For this initial pilot year, the courses are targeted at Sy Syms and Stern College for Women students. In future years, we hope to expand to all YU undergraduate schools.

Tuition will be the same as in NY, and room and board are expected to be comparable to if you are living on campus in NY.

If you have questions about FAFSA eligibility, please be in touch with the Office of Student Finance.

Please set up a meeting before the March 21 application deadline if you are interested in applying for the fall 2022 Torat Tziyon program.

We encourage you to meet with your academic advisors to review graduation requirements, class schedules and plan for spring and fall 2022 courses.

The program is open to Sy Syms and Stern College for Women juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.3 and have spent at least two semesters at YU in New York. Students must have completed at least 60 credits to be considered a junior, while seniors must have taken at least 94 credits. Credits earned through year(s) spent studying in Israel through the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program count toward these standings.

Additionally, please note the following: 

  • The program is not open to Israeli Olim or permanent residents.
  • The Torat Tziyon fall semester counts toward the six-semester residency requirement. 
  • Seniors will be required to return from the program for at least one semester in NYC before graduation unless you will be graduating in January. 

At this time, the initial undergraduate cohort consists of Sy Syms students who are juniors or seniors and have completed two semesters on our NYC campus.

If you have an interest in the undergraduate program, please contact torattziyon@yu.edu.

The application for the graduate program can be found here.

Summer Experiences

Summer internships are open to rising juniors and seniors from all Yeshiva University undergraduate schools.

Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.

Yes, though space is limited and priority will be given to first-time applicants.

Contact

Feel free to email us at ToratTziyon@yu.edu. We are happy to answer any questions you may have! When contacting us, please provide the following information: 

  1. Full Legal Name
  2. Banner ID Number
  3. Major
  4. Estimated Graduation Date
  5. Morning Program (For Wilf students. If you are a YU undergraduate alumni, which morning program were you in?)
  6. Judaic Studies Level (For Beren students. If you are a YU undergraduate alumni, which level courses did you take?)

These program concepts remain under development and are subject to change and/or required approvals.

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