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Midreshet Devora

Goal of the Program

Midreshet Devora is a Modern Orthodox Zionist Post High School Program for serious young women who want to live, learn and feel the love of the Land of Israel. The students will fulfill the dream of combining Torat Yisrael, Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael and gain the tools to be able to study Jewish sources on their own as well as to learn what it is really like to live in Israel.

Goal of Program
Midreshet Devora is a Modern Orthodox Zionist Post High School Program for serious young women who want to live, learn and feel the love of the Land of Israel. The students will fulfill the dream of combining Torat Yisrael, Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael and gain the tools to be able to study Jewish sources on their own as well as to learn what it is really like to live in Israel.

Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Modern Orthodox, Religious Zionist program. We believe that the State of Israel is the first flowering of our redemption. There are classes on Religious Zionism, Modern Hebrew etc. and Hallel is said on Yom HaAtzmaut in addition to full celebrations.

Attitude towards University Studies

We hope to be part of the YU Joint Israel Program. Students will attend Stern as well as secular universities. We are a Modern Orthodox program, open to the modern world and we see a value in secular studies.

Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

On Monday afternoons, the students will have an opportunity to participate in Social Action Workshops in Talpiot/Arnona with the elderly, people with special needs, Bat Mitzvah students etc. Students will also have the opportunity to do other forms of chesed work, volunteering in hospitals, soup kitchens etc.

Preparation for Post Israel

Throughout the year students will be preparing for their college experience through classes and workshops in Spiritual Activism/ Contemporary Issues. Towards the end of the year we will have programs to help ease the student’s transition back to family and friends.

The "Successful" Student

The successful student will be leading a Modern Orthodox Religious Zionist lifestyle in Israel or abroad.


Formal Dress Code in accordance with the Halachot of Tzniut, skirts below the knee, sleeves to the elbow, closed necklines.

Guidance Personnel

All staff members (Rabbis, teachers) will live within walking distance from the midrasha and will be available to the students in the evenings and on Shabatot. Madrichot and Rosh HaMidrasha will be available at all times.


Midreshet Devora is a serious program for students who are expected to fully participate in every aspect of the Midreshet Devora experience, both in and out of the classroom. Attendance is taken in both the formal and informal classes and programs. Curfew is 11:45 pm. There is no tolerance for drugs, alcohol, smoking or any behavior that is against Halacha.
Talmud will be a small part of our curriculum with Two Talmud Shiurim per week. Different levels will be offerd for Talmud and Hebrew language.

Courses Offered
We utilize traditional teaching methods such as chevruta and shiurim, with most classes beginning with chevruta learning. A range of exciting classes will be offered, including: TaNaCh (The Biblical Significance of the Land of Israel, Women in TaNaCh, Parsha Points, Neviim) Prayer, Contemporary Issues, Talmud (Topics in the Talmud as well as study of a formal tractate), Eretz Yisrael/ Religious Zionism, Jewish Thought (Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook etc.) Halacha (Foundations of Halacha, Inspirational Shabbat Women in Halacha) Hashkafa, Mussar, Midrash, Spiritual Activism.

An intensive Hebrew language program will give the participant the tools to become part of modern Israeli society.

We also offer cultural mini courses in the areas of drama, music, art, bibliodrama, archaeology, photography and cooking as well as TaNaCh tiyulim throughout Israel and historical tiyulim in Jerusalem.

Daily Schedule
We will begin our day (8:00 am) with Tefillat Shacharit and breakfast followed by three shiurim. At 12:50 we will have Tefillat Mincha followed by lunch. At 3:00 each day students will gather for a formal or informal learning experience either inside or outside of the classroom. From 6:00-8:00 pm will be a dinner break (except for one night a week which will be a cooking class). Evening classes will meet from 8:00- 9:30 pm in the student or staff apartments (except for Monday evening which will be free).

Language of Instruction
Hebrew Ulpan and Tanach classes are taught in Hebrew.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

A Hebrew language ulpan (3x a week) is required. Students will learn to read an Israeli newspaper, listen to the radio etc.

Assessment and Grading

Students receive grades for courses based on each teacher’s assessment, which includes attendance and participation and may include oral examinations and projects

Shana Bet

No Shanah Bet Program

Joint Program

We hope to be on the YU Joint Israel Program.
Sharona Margolin Halickman, Rosh HaMidrasha

Sharona Margolin Halickman graduated from Stern College for Women with a BA in Judaic Studies, Magna Cum Laude, receiving the award for excellence in Modern Hebrew Literature. She went on to study at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration as a Block Fellow, earning an MS. Prior to entering Stern College, Sharona studied for a year and a half in Jerusalem where she was awarded a Hebrew Teachers’ Diploma from the Israel Ministry of Education. Sharona was a Torat Miriam Fellow and the first Congregational Intern at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in 1997. She then became the Hebrew Institute’s first Madricha Ruchanit (Religious Mentor). While working at the Hebrew Institute, Sharona provided religious education and counseling to students of all ages and backgrounds. Sharona served as the Religious Activities Coordinator at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, and pursued studies in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Health Care Chaplaincy’s Jewish Institute for Pastoral Care. She has been a visiting lecturer in Jewish communities across North America and Israel. In the summer of 2004, Sharona and her family made aliya. Shortly after making aliya, Sharona began to teach classes in Jerusalem and founded Torat Reva Yerushalayim. Sharona serves as the organization’s director. Sharona has taught in various one year programs for students from overseas and is an ATID (Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions) fellow. Sharona is the author of Parsha Points: Torah from the Land of Israel. Sharona resides in the Talpiot/Arnona section of Jerusalem with her husband, Josh, and their children Dov, Moshe and Yehuda.
Extra-Curricular Activities
Interaction with Israelis
Students are ecouraged to visit different communities in Israel. Students will have “mifgashim”, social meetings with Israelis throughout the year both in and outside of Jerusalem.

Special Informal programs
A guest speaker every week as well as Chagigot, Yemai Iyun, Mifgashim. All informal programs are a required part of the curriculum.

Sports Facilities
Dance will be offered. Proximity to many local women’s gyms.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
1-2 required Shabbatot/ Chagim per month (some in the Midrasha, some away). Students are welcome at the homes of staff, apartments are open all year including holidays and vacations. Students can be “set up” with families throughout Israel.

Field Trips
We arrange full day TaNach Tiyulim every three weeks. One afternoon per week we have a tiyul in Yerushalayim. These tiyulim are not just trips, we are using Israel as our classroom. We will also take cultural trips to museums, the theater, concerts, sporting events and restaurants. All trips and outings are a required part of the curriculum.
Level of Learning Offered
Intermediate / Advanced

Hebrew Knowledge Required
Intermediate / Advanced

Religious Observance Required
Full commitment to Shmirat Torah U'Mitzvot is a prerequisite.
Type of American Student
Half from New York, half from outside of New York.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)

Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students
No information provided

Number of 2nd Year American Students
No information provided

Other Nationalities
No information provided

Number of Students per Class
Up to 20
Living Quarters
Students will live in apartments in Talpiot/Arnona. A Madricha will live in each apartment.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Each apartment will have a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, pots, pans and utensils.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
The apartments will be open throughout the year. Students who decide to stay in for Shabbat/ Chagim will be invited to staff members homes or to members of the community.

11:45 pm. Students will sign out for Shabbat each week.

Security Arrangements
The students must have written permission from their parents to go on all trips (which are an integral part of the program). Security personnel accompany us on the trips. In the event that there is an incident, students are informed immediately and there may be some restrictions on the students as far as travel is concerned. Parents are kept informed by email.
Midreshet Devora, located in the Talpiot/Arnona section of Jerusalem will open its doors in the Fall of ’09. Midreshet Devora is a project of Torat Reva Yerushalayim.
Accrediting Universities
We hope to join YU’s Joint Israel program.
74,000 NIS (Shekels) includes breakfast, lunch, some dinners, Shabbatot, all trips and cultural outings.
Additional Information
Midreshet Devora is program for serious Modern Orthodox students who want to experience Israel both inside and outside of the classroom.
Contact Information

Midreshet Devora
Israel Address
12 Israel Eldad #19
Jerusalem, Israel 93399
Israel number: 052-534-6260

U.S. Address
75 Berkeley Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705
U.S. number: 718-593-4162

Rosh Yeshiva:
Sharona Margolin Halickman, Rosh HaMidrasha