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Basic Jewish Studies is a two-year program within the Stern College for Women and Sy Syms School of Business. We offer a welcoming campus environment, exciting extracurricular activities and a fundamental encounter with Jewish tradition, history and sacred texts. Our goal is to enhance our students' level of skills, knowledge and commitment. 

A weekly chavruta [study partner] program pairs women in the program with more advanced students. Learning takes place in the beautiful new beit midrash [study hall], where students benefit from a true Jewish learning environment. Yemei iyun (festive days of learning) are among the many special offerings that keep the focus on Torah, fellowship and growth. We encourage students to ask questions, think for themselves and develop their own paths to Jewish knowledge and observance.

The program brings together students from across North America and around the globe. Women participate in inspirational Shabbat celebrations and enjoy hospitality in the homes of mentors, teachers and community leaders. Students also visit sites of Jewish and general interest in New York, one of the world's great centers of Jewish life.