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Michlelet Esther—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Goal of the Program

The keys to the Michlelet Esther experience will be the opportunity to engage in intense Torah study in a caring atmosphere with a close student-teacher relationship, in the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael.

Goal of Program
The keys to the Michlelet Esther experience will be the opportunity to engage in intense Torah study in a caring atmosphere with a close student-teacher relationship, in the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael.

Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

We foster growth towards love of Eretz Yisroel through school trips throughout the country, yomei iyun, and guest speakers lilke Yossi Fuchs, etc.

Attitude towards University Studies

We encourage students to attend university and do not discourage them from going to a secular university. Most of our students go to Stern, Touro, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Rutgers, NYU, and other schools.

Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

Our students visit the sick in hospitals, particiapte in chayeinu activities, (the carnival for cancer patients and their families), and do after school activities.

Preparation for Post Israel

Yomei Iyun

The "Successful" Student

Building a Jewish home with a career


We are flexible in the growth process. We require a 3/4 sleeve length, skirts that cover the knee, and necklines as closed as possible. Pants are not permittied in class or off campus.

Guidance Personnel

The prinicipals, teachers, program director, and tutors serve as mentors. Houseparents and madrichot are available to students for discussions, advice, etc.


Supervision is done through insight and work of madrichot and the dorm mother. There is a curfew. Behavior concerns such as alcohol abuse, etc. results in referral for treatment.
Talmud is not taught as a subject. Hashkafot are taught at different levels. Michlelet Esther students come from various backgrounds and study on one of four tracks. A beginners’ track provides students of public school background with the necessary tools, textually and conceptually, to develop into Jewishly literate women. A second track allows for more textually advanced students to focus on fundamental philosophical issues. The third track emphasizes textual learning for the strongly motivated intermediate student and the advanced track will provide young women from yeshiva High School backgrounds with challenging textual and hashkofa classes. To enhance the students’ Israel experience, tours are scheduled throughout the school year. Opportunities are available for extracurricular studies, seminars, discussion groups and self-study programs.

Courses Offered
Tanakh, Machshava, Jewish history. The works of contemporary Jewish thinkers are included - Rav Kook, Rav Soloveitchik, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rav Shach

Daily Schedule
No information provided

Language of Instruction
All classes are taught in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

Hebrew class is optional

Assessment and Grading

There is grading and assessment based on oral examinations and class participation.

Shana Bet

There is no Shanah Bet Program, but students are encouraged to continue learning the the Neve Yerushalayim College for Women which is on the same campus as Michlelet Esther. Usually 1/4 of our students remain to study to another year.

Joint Program

We have a program with Touro College and their Teahcer's Institute. The Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL has a joint program with us.
We have two principals, a school posek, house parents, teachers, tutors, rakazot, and the Program Director.
Extra-Curricular Activities
Interaction with Israelis
We have have Shabbatons in which our students sleep and eat meals in the homes of local Israelis. We are also a MASA approved institution and are involved in Israeli affairs that they plan.

Special Informal programs
We have guest speakers, Chagigot, and Yemei Iyun.

Sports Facilities
On campus

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
The is an "in" Shabbat once a month. We are open for Sukkot and Pesach. "In" Shabbat once a month, we are open for Sukkot, Pesach, 2nd day meals provided for all chaggim, may be placed by families all over the country upon request.

Field Trips
Once a month, two overnights – one in the south and one in the north. Love of the land is the goal.
Level of Learning Offered
Basic to Advanced

Hebrew Knowledge Required
No Hebrew knowledge required

Religious Observance Required
Full commitment to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is not a prerequisite
Type of American Student
Mainly New York, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Miami HANC, HAFTR, Ida Crown, Kushner, Bruria, Frisch, HARASG-FL, Shalhevet-LA, YULA, Westchester H.S., Central, Shulamis, Bais Yaakov of Indiana, Houston, Hillel Community HS of Miami, CHAT, Moshe Arons and Public High Schools from all over the US

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

Foreign Student Percentage

Number of 1st Year American Students

Number of 2nd Year American Students
No second year

Other Nationalities
England, Australia, Holland, South Africa, Canada

Number of Students per Class
One Teacher to 15 students
Living Quarters
3 in a room, roomates assigned according to their form rooming request submitted before arrival to school, flexible and can be changed. They live with members of ME only. Yes they may have guests with approval of Dorm Mother, Principals.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Refrigerators and hot plates available

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Meals only on "IN" Shabbosim, can be placed for meals by a family in Har Nof if they want to stay in dorm, dorm open all year, Kosher for Pesach food provided.

There is a curfew and sign out sheets

Security Arrangements
Guard at main gate writes name of student and time she returns,must present student ID Card, travel restricted to East Jerusalem and Hevron. If attack, we text student via Talk n Save cellphone provider to call in to Madrichot.
Michlelet Esther, which opened in September 1995 with close to 60 students, today has 80 students and is part of Neve Yerushalayim College. Neve Yerushalayim has specialized in Jewish education for women for over a quarter of a century. To meet the varying needs of students it currently maintains ten distinctive programs in Jerusalem. Michlelet Esther is housed in the beautiful Neve Yerushalayim campus in Har Nof.
Accrediting Universities
Michlelet Esther is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a joint program with Touro College and TI in Skokie, IL.
$15,300 Room, Board, all except Hospital/medical insurance, air fare, spending money. We are MASA approved, If a student applies for the grant she is automatically given $2000 grant. Students from Canada and Europe have different amounts granted.
Additional Information
Our institution provides a warm, caring environment which a student can increase her Jewish awareness and observance, develop her talents, potential and self confidence.
Contact Information


Phone: 02-6544543

Rechov Beit Yitzchak 1, POB 43016
Har Nof, Jerusalem, 91430

Har Nof, Jerusalem

Total Student Population:

Learning Level:

Hebrew knowledge required:

Rabbi Boruch Smith

Rabbi Ari Winter