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Graduate Program In Advanced Talmudic Studies For Women

The Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) is a two-year master's program that provides women an opportunity for post-college, high-level study to further their growth in Torah knowledge and skills. This program creates an elite cadre of female scholars of Talmud/Tanach and Halakha who will serve as leaders and role models for the Orthodox Jewish community. After completing the two-year program the women will receive a master's degree in Biblical and Talmudic interpretation.

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Two-Year, Full-Day Program

  • Students in Talmud morning seder who are additionally enrolled in afternoon Halacha seder will qualify for a $5,000 annual stipend.
  • Students in Tanach morning seder who are additionally enrolled in afternoon Halacha seder will similarly qualify for a $5,000 annual stipend or qualify for 12 credits towards the Master of Arts in Bible at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
  • Part-time, non-stipend students who enroll exclusively in the Tanach morning seder qualify for 12 credits towards the Master of Arts in Bible at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Students also receive pedagogic training, opportunities to engage synagogues around the country as scholars in residence, and dedicated resources for placement opportunities of significant positions within Jewish education. A sample listing of our internships follows.

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Internships

  • Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation, Chicago, IL
  • Chaplaincy in Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
  • Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • JLIC NYU, New York
  • Kesher Israel, Washington, DC
  • Lincoln Square Synagogue, New York, NY
  • Young Israel of Scarsdale, Scarsdale, NY
  • The Ramaz School Friday Kollel, New York, NY
  • Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
  • Young Israel of West Hartford, CT
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GPATS Program Vision

Statement of Philosophy and Purpose 

Western society during the past century has fostered and witnessed a sea change in the education of women, resulting in a broad equivalence of intellectual sophistication and academic achievement among men and women.  As recognized long ago by the Rav זצ"ל and pioneered by him here at Stern College, this contemporary environment creates a religious imperative to make available to Orthodox women, particularly those שנפשותיהן חושקות בתורה, the opportunity for unfettered access to תלמוד תורה , to allow for and enhance their fulfillment of לעבדו בכל לבבכם ובכל נפשכם.  Through both its undergraduate Jewish Studies curriculum and its Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies, Yeshiva University is proud, in keeping with its core mission, to rise to meet one of the most profound  Jewish educational challenges of the generation. 

Mission Statement 

The Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies, accredited to award a Master’s Degree in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation, will produce graduates who are sophisticated לומדות תורה לשמה, and who are both properly equipped and properly credentialed to become effective and inspiring leaders in the Jewish community. The program will provide continuing immersion in traditional Talmud Torah in all of its breadth and depth for an outstanding and highly select group of learned and qualified Orthodox women. 

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Tax Information for GPATS Stipend Recipients

As the recipient of a 2021 GPATS stipend/fellowship payment, in January 2022, you will be receiving a letter in the mail explaining the general tax treatment of these payments for income tax purposes.  Since you are not providing services to YU, you will not be issued a Form W-2 or Form 1099, however, as described below and in the letter, the stipend/fellowship payments may still be subject to income taxation.  If you do not received the letter by the middle of February, please contact Alan Kluger, YU Director of Tax, at akluger@yu.edu, as t is possible that we did not have your current address on file.

The following is a summary of the relevant tax rules.  Generally, a student is not subject to income taxes on a fellowship stipend or grant payment to the extent that the funds are used to pay for tuition, fees, books, and equipment required for classes or enrollment.  Therefore, to the extent you use the funds for these types of qualifying tuition related expenses, the fellowship, stipend  or grant amount should be excluded from your income for tax purposes.  However, any portion that you spend on other expenses, such as room and board, travel, research or medical insurance, may be included in your taxable income for the year and subject you to taxes.   Special rules apply if you are not a US Citizen or resident.

Please consult your personal tax advisor regarding the determination of whether your GPATS related payment is taxable based upon your individual facts and circumstances. To the extent that you determine that such payments are not subject to tax, you should retain receipts, cancelled checks, and other documents that show the total amount of your qualifying expenses. You also may find IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, helpful with regard to the tax treatment of the scholarship, fellowship, grants and other benefits.

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