Midreshet Moriah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Goal of Program
Midreshet Moriah is a warm, family-like environment where we emphasize the individual growth and growing independence of every student; maximum flexibility for each student in designing her personal schedule to match her interests and goals; close relationships with teachers and mentors; the opportunity to create a passionate relationship with Torah through challenging, exciting shiurim and in private chavrutot with our faculty; and lasting ties to friends, teachers, and the Land.
Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
Midreshet Moriah presents a powerful Religious Zionist message. This hashkafah is conveyed in many shiurim and sichot as well as in specific classes and Yemei Iyyun devoted to Religious Zionist thought and the history of Medinat Yisrael. Days of special significance for Medinat Yisrael, such as Yom HaAtzma’ut, Yom Yerushalayim, and others are highlights of our year, celebrated proudly with special Tefilot, music, dancing, se’udot, and special programs.
Attitude Towards University Studies
We view secular studies as a positive part of our students’ development into Bnot Torah able to make a positive contribution to Am Yisrael and the outside world. Our graduates continue their university studies at a wide range of campuses, with many attending Stern College.
Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities
We encourage our students to participate in programs outside the formal study program. Time is built into the schedule for the full range of volunteering opportunities available in Yerushalayim. Students receive guidance in choosing a placement they find meaningful.
The "Successful" Student
The successful Midreshet Moriah student will approach life with a great love for Torah and mitzvot, confident in her unique strengths, aware of her challenges, and sensitive to her responsibility to contribute to Am Yisrael. She will build a Torah home based on these values while maximizing her potential as a leader in the Jewish community. She will always see living in Eretz Yisrael as her ultimate destination.
Students are expected to dress in and out of school according to standards of tzniut befitting young religious women. This includes closed necklines, sleeves below the elbows, skirts well below the knee when sitting or standing, and no slacks.
Midreshet Moriah provides a wide array of personnel to whom the students may turn and who will seek them out as well: Madrichot, Em Bayit, Rakazot, teachers and Rabbanim. Our Rakazot, young women teachers, meet indvidually with each student every week to learn or just shmooze, as well as teaching their students as a group. Teachers and Rabbanim make themselves available for private chavrutah and chaburah (small group) learning in the Bet Midrash day and night. Our faculty accompany the students on Shabbatonim and invite them frequently for Shabbat in their own homes.We firmly believe in providing role models with differing hashkafot so that each student may choose the one most suitable to her.
Our Em Bayit and madrichot supervise the dorm, and Rakazot meet weekly with each student. Curfew weeknights is 12:00 AM, Thursday night and Motzei Shabbat at 12:30 AM. Attendance is taken in classes. We are part of the Joint Council of Women's Schools in Israel, whose stated policy is one of zero tolerance for alcohol.
Our curriculum emphasizes maximum flexibility so that each student can design a schedule which meets her needs, both in terms of level and area of interest. Requirements are kept to a minimum in order to allow students maximum freedom in customizing their learning so that they may use their time to pursue their interests. Midreshet offers both Regular and Advanced courses, which allows students to customize the level of challenge according to their needs. Advanced courses offer academically advanced students a program which provides skills through extensive chavrutah and a high-level discussion during shiur. Each student is also encouraged to devote some hours to independent learning outside the context of shiurim, often with a faculty or student chavrutah. Seder Erev shiurim take place nightly.
Our main areas of focus are Tanakh, Halakhah, and Jewish Thought (which includes philosophy, mussar, chasidut, and the like). Students are free to customize a schedule which balances these three areas, or they may choose to emphasize any area they wish. We also offer two levels of Gemara and offerings in Jewish History and contemporary events. Some examples of courses we offer: Chamesh Megillot, Guide to the Perplexed, Derekh Hashem, Netivot Shalom, Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik, Haggadah Shel Pesach, Jewish Medical Ethics, From Adam to Avraham, Mishkan, Shir Ha-Shirim, Kohelet, Parsha Insights, Alei Shur, Sho’ah & Emunah ,Women in Jewish Law, Pholisophical Issues in Tanach, Chasidut, Rav Kook, Interpersonal Halachah. For a full list and weekly schedule, please visit our website at www.midreshetmoriah.com.
A day typically begins with tefilah at 8:30 AM and shiurim at 9:00 AM (10 AM Sundays). Each student creates her own schedule, mixing shiurim and breaks to fit with her preference, in addition to the lunch and dinner breaks. Shiurim are offered throughout the day, through the conclusion of Seder Erev at 9:30, and special shiurim continue after that. Students are required to be at Seder Erev four nights a week. Monday evenings and Fridays are free time.
Language of Instruction
Shiurim are taught mainly in English.
Assessment and Grading
Students receive grades for courses based on each teacher’s assessment, which includes attendance and participation and, in a few courses, may also include exams. Overall, however, we work hard to keep pressure and testing to an absolute minimum so that our students are motivated just by the desire to learn and grow and not by external pressure.
Joint programs with American colleges include Yeshiva University, Touro College, and Hebrew Theological College. In addition, credits earned at Midreshet Moriah are accepted by many other colleges and universities in North America.
Rabbi Meyer Berglas is Midreshet’s Founder and Dean. Rabbi Berglas’s warm smile, gentle manner, and wisdom have made him a beloved mentor to decades of Midreshet students, and his shiurim play a central role in shaping the character and values of our students. Every year, a few students are privileged to learn with Rabbi Berglas individually as part of Midreshet’s unique commitment to the growth of each individual student. Rabbi Berglas, a student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, received Semikhah and an MHL from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and an MA at Columbia University. Rabbi Berglas lives in Neve Alizah, the community he founded with his wife, Vicky.
Mrs. Vicky Berglas. Vicky’s warmth and empathy maker her a much sought-after confidant and chavruta, and the sounds of laughter with the joy of learning always accompanies her "chevrah" in the Beit Midrash. In addition to the role she plays at Midreshet, Vicky, as our students call her, also serves as a guide at Yad Vashem and leads tours to Poland to explore the Jewish civilization which once flourished there. Vicky's class in "Sho'ah and Faith" is one of our students' favorites, combining the study of the Holocaust with religious and halakhic writings from that time. When Vicky leads our students on the annual Heritage tour of Poland, they are treated to her unique perspective, which combines encyclopedic historical knowledge with a deep connection to the great personalities of our past and the conviction that the Holocaust can inspire us toward meaning and accomplishment in our personal own lives. Vicky earned a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University and an MA in Holocaust Studies at Haifa University. She lives in Neve Alizah, the community she founded with her husband.
Rabbi Eitan Mayer is Midreshet's Menahel Chinuchi. “Rav Eitan,” as our students call him, is known both for his wry sense of humor and his shiurim in Chumash and Machshavah, which emphasize highly creative thinking and intensely personal grappling with Torah and its implications for our emunah and our lives. Rav Eitan is always available for personal advice, halakhic questions, and discussions on emunah. Rav Eitan learned at Yeshivat Sha’alvim and received Semikhah at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and continued his learning in the Beren Kollel Elyon. He earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University, and is completing an MA in Jewish Philosophy and an EdD in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University. Before making Aliyah in 2004, Rav Eitan taught Gemara and Halakhah at the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women at Yeshiva University and served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Rav Eitan lives in Neve Daniel with his wife, Sally, and their six children.
Mrs. Bracha Krohn is our Menahelet. In addition to her full time administrative responsibilities, she teaches Tanakh, Midrash, Halacha and Rabbinic Thought at Midreshet Moriah. Bracha, as her students call her, has an enthusiasm for learning which permeates the classroom. Her dynamic teaching style encourages participation and fosters a strong desire to learn, and her openness and genuineness create an environment for thoughtful, honest questioning. She has a special way of identifying with students and showing them her authentic care and concern. Bracha learned at Michlala, was Jewish Studies valedictorian and earned a BA at Stern College in Jewish Studies and English Literature, and studied Bible at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. She taught for seven years at the Fuchs Mizrachi School and the Women's Beit Midrash in Cleveland, before making aliyah in 2008. Bracha currently serves on the educational staff of Camp Stone, where she returns each summer with her family. She lives in Efrat with her husband, a Rebbe at Yeshivat Orayta, and three children.
Midreshet Moriah’s tradition of outstanding, creative, inspiring teachers was established by its founding faculty, including Dr. Bryna Levy, Rabbi Dr. Reuven Aberman, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Rakefet, and others. Today, we are proud that these traditions continue. Our teachers revere as their own mentors Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, Dr. Nechama Leibowitz, and others. A full list, with full bio’s, can be found at www.midreshetmoriah.com.
Interaction with Israelis
Students are encouraged to visit different communities in Israel and at their request may be placed for home hospitality on Shabbatot throughout the country. Students are encouraged to understand Israeli politics and the Israeli scene in formal classes like “Current Events”, and informally, through the madrichot and the people they volunteer with at their weekly volunteer activities.
Special Informal Programs
Guest speakers are featured several times a month. Chagigot and Yemei Iyun are scheduled for appropriate holidays (i.e. Yamim Nora’im, Chanukah, Purim, Yom Ha’Atzma’ut, Rosh Chodesh).
There is access to several gyms nearby and many students choose to jog on the mesilah, the old wooden train track that has been transformed into a beautiful boardwalk and paved running track.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
At Midreshet, we have a Shabbaton about once a month, bringing our students and faculty together in locations such as Tzfat, Neve Daniel, Beit She'an and other locations. Our dormitory remains open on all Shabbatot and during Chol HaMo’ed Sukkot, so that students may stay “in” when they wish. Students are often hosted for Shabbat by families of staff members and former students. For the Yamim Nora’im, all students are invited to the home of a member of our faculty.
Our itinerary of guided field trips and tours is both a part of the academic curriculum, enriching our learning of Tanakh and Jewish History, as well as a chance for students to enjoy a break from routine and a chance to bond and get to know our faculty better. Day trips, including Kever Rachel, Me’arat Ha-Machpelah, and other destinations, are interspersed throughout the year, while extended tours of the areas of Eilat, the Negev, Galil and Golan facilitate the student's appreciation of the Land of Israel.
Level of Learning Offered
Intermediate to Advanced: Can independently learn Chumash and Mefarshim
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Intermediate: Shiurim are in Hebrew and English.
Religious Observance Required
Full commitment to Shmirat Torah U-Mitzvot.
Type of American Student
Midreshet Moriah draws students from all types of schools, from community day schools to yeshiva high schools to Beis Yaakov and Chabad schools. Our goal is to create a true community of learners – meaning that each individual is unique, and our “community” as a whole is heterogeneous. We’re not a “cookie cutter” kind of school, and we actively seek out students who do not all fit into the same mold. We work very hard to achieve diversity among the student body, with a balance between students with different kinds of talents, like in a real community – some talented in the Bet Midrash, others in Midot Tovot, others in leadership, so that our students can all learn from one another. One third of our students each year are from communities outside the Tri-State area, in keeping with the national statistics on the American Jewish population.
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided
Number of 1st Year Students
Number of 2nd Year Students
Students have attended from many countries including Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, Brazil and Costa Rica.
Number of Students per Class
The faculty to student ratio is 2.5:1. Sizes of classes vary from 5 to 45 students.
Each apartment for 6 girls, in our residence building Beit Ruby, contains 3 bedrooms, is climate-controlled with AC/Heat, has a refrigerator and microwave in the kitchen and has two bathrooms. The building is supervised by an Em Bayit and 4 resident madrichot. Students generally live two to a room and may request their apartment mates or go "potluck". Students may invite female friends over to sleep during the week and for Shabbatot. Laundry machines are in the building, shared by all students. Our Bet Midrash, classrooms, student computers, offices and dining facilities are all located in a separate building, a 7 minute walk from the apartments.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Meals are served on days when shiurim are in session. Meals include a breakfast of American cereal and milk, catered lunch, and dinner four nights a week (Monday evenings are free time). Students may also use the microwave ovens, burners and ovens in the Midrasha kitchen to prepare their own meals. The shopping nearby also offers a great variety of options.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Students can stay in together for Shabbat with a madrichah. Midreshet faculty homes are always open to our students, and we assist those who would like to be accommodated in locations all over Israel. We allow guests as well. The dorm is open for Chol Ha-Mo’ed Sukkot (except Shabbat) and is closed for the days of Yom Tov. We spend Shavuot together at Midreshet. We allow guests as well.
Curfew weeknights is 12:00 AM, and on Thursday nights and Motzei Shabbat at 12:30. Students who leave for Shabbat fill out a form with the pertinent information. During vacation times, members of the administration check in with the students to make sure everything’s OK.
Our new campus in the quiet, safe, beautiful Jerusalem neighborhoo of Baka is protected by security guards and cameras. On all tiyyulim, we are accompanied by armed escorts. Restrictions on travel are based on real-time assessment of the situation with our contacts in the security agencies. In the event of a terrorist incident in Israel, God forbid, we ascertain the whereabouts of every student and then an immediate e-mail message is sent to parents notifying them to this effect.
Midreshet was founded in 1987 by Rabbi Meyer Berglas, who continues to inspire and enlighten students today as our Dean, in response to the need for a strongly Zionist, high-level learning program for girls looking to connect to Torat Yisrael and Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael Midreshet is very proud of its almost 2000 alumnae, all of whom continue their education after Midreshet at leading universities. For 28 years, Midreshet Moriah called the same place home: the campus of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Our central location served twenty-eight years of young women as they grew in Torah and Yir’at Shamayyim in the heart of Yerushalayyim. Our new campus,on the other side of Jerusalem, is located in the quiet, safe, beautiful Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka and is set within its own picturesque, charming grounds, along the beloved Mesilah- with lots of spots to sit and enjoy conversation with teachers and friends.We are excited to finally have a building all to ourselves where we can truly feel at home.
Midreshet Moriah is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. We also participate in the joint programs of Touro College and Hebrew Theological College. In addition, credits earned at Midreshet Moriah are accepted by many other colleges and universities in North America.
Tuition is 97,500 NIS and includes the academic program, dormitory, health insurance, all school tiyulim, daily light breakfast, hot lunch and dinner, and Shabbat meals.
What makes Midreshet a special place? A warm environment with caring, approachable teachers; a schedule with maximum flexibility and variety; our incomparable, beautiful Beit Midrash; and our passionate Religious Zionist approach.
Rav Eitan Mayer
Phone: (02) 652-7449
Fax: (02) 651-1524