Midreshet Tehillah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Goal of Program
For students to develop a sophisticated understanding of Torah, themselves, and the connection between the two. For students to recognize their place in the Jewish people, the strength which this gives them and the responsibility it places upon them. For students to understand the world around them, the challenges which uniquely define our generation, and how this effects our connection to Torah and one another. For students to appreciate the impact of our return to the Land of Israel and the unique opportunity which this places before us. For students to internalize their commitment to Torah in a deep and genuine manner so that they can live in the world with integrity as a genuinely religious and growing person. For students to understand what it means to be a Torah observant Jewish Woman in this generation and to truly identify and define themselves around this concept.
Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
We deeply appreciate that we have the opportunity to live in Eretz Yisrael. We recognize that this gift has been given to enable us to create a community based on Torah in our land. But we also recognize the staggering personal sacrifices through which this gift has come, often by people who are not aware of our purpose in being here. We treat their views with the utmost understanding and respect without wavering on our commitment to our understanding.
Attitude Towards University Studies
After completing their year at Midreshet Tehillah students generally attend Stern, Touro, Teacher’s Institute or other colleges, universities, or college degree granting programs.
Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities
The academic program at Midreshet Tehillah is intense and focused so there is little time for projects outside the structure of the program. That being said students with strong interest in particular activities have found avenues through which to pursue those interests while in school such as setting up art lessons with local artists—the neighborhood in which the school is located is endowed with a number of richly talented people in diverse areas. We offer a dance chug and students often organize other chugim amongst themselves (Karate etc). Many of our students are careful about exercise and either jog or join a nearby gym.
Preparation for Post Israel
A week-long “Re-Entry Seminar” is devoted to meeting the challenges on returning home from seminary. In addition, students are counseled individually and offered guidance for their particular situations.
The "Successful" Student
In this increasingly complex, amoral, and intrusive world a student has been successful at Midreshet Tehillah if she internalizes her love, understanding, and commitment to Torah and mitzvot to the point where she can hold solidly to her ideals through life and make good, healthy choices reflective of her true values.
We have a standard Jerusalem dress code. Most of our students have one neck two elbows and two knees. Clothing must cover these areas and everything in between. No slits in skirts. Stockings or socks which reach the skirt are required in school and out in honor of the special keddushah of Yerushalayim. Generally the dress at Midreshet Tehillah is casual—though some students dress more formally, depending upon background, cultural differences, taste.
Midreshet Tehillah is renown for the close and lasting relationships built up between students and faculty members over the course of the year. There are many levels of guidance available within the school. We try to give students plenty of space to choose the level of closeness or privacy they desire, but a 25 minute one on one with a designated faculty member either for learning or schmoozing is part of the curriculum.
Attendance at all classes and school activities is required. On-campus curfew at 11:30 pm is strictly enforced. Several families reside on the grounds and, to maintain security, an armed guard is on duty 24 hours a day at the main and only entrance to the enclosed campus.
The curriculum centers around deep, text-based learning of Hashkafa, Tanach, Halacha, and Jewish History. The program is weighed more heavily toward deep understanding than breadth of knowledge.
Hashkafa: Derech Hashem, Pirkei Machshava, Bayit Yehudi, Bein Adam, Ta’amei Hamitzvot, Ma’agal Hashana, Tefillah, Alei Shor, Shmoneh Prakim, Torah SheBa’al Peh
Tanach: Bereishit, Parsha, Chumash Be’Iyun, Beit Midrash, Mishlei, Tehillim, Sheva Neviot, Melachim, Overview of Nach
Halacha: Hilchot Shabbat, Hilchot Tefillah/Kashrut, Hilchot Nashim
History: Modern Jewish History, Historical Development of Torah
Classes run from Sunday through Thursday, 8:45 – 1:00, 2:00 – 5:30, and 6:45 – 8:30 with some flexibility of scheduling depending upon the course selection of the student.
Language of Instruction
Most classes are taught in English, with a few advanced classes taught in Hebrew.
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
Ulpan is offered. For more advanced students, a parallel class is taught in Hebrew.
Assessment and Grading
Grades are based on tests, papers, attendance, and class participation.
Approximately 1/3-1/4 of the students stay on for Shana Bet. Rinat Tzippora is a new Shana Bet program, opened by the academic dean of Midreshet Tehilla, and closely relates to the hashkafa and style of Midreshet Tehilla. about 65% of Rinat Tzippora's students are from Midreshet Tehilla.
College accredidations by: YU/Stern, Touro, Teacher’s Institute of Chicago, NCCR
- Rabbi Dr. Dovid Refson, Dean
- Jeremy Kagan, Minahel
- Rabbi Avraham Brussel, Academic Dean
- Mrs. Susan Kagan
- Mrs. Ariella Cohen, Housemother
- Rabbi Shalom Apelbaum
- Rabbi Yosef Azar
- Mrs. Chaya Blau
- Ms. Miriam Brunner
- Mrs. Esti Hamilton
- Mrs. Leah Hasten
- Rabbi Hillel Horovitz
- Mrs. Chana Levitan
- Mrs. Michal Levy
- Mrs. Bracha Yehudis Liff
- Ms. Raizy Lichtenstein
- Mrs. Gitti Mairovits
- Rabbi Avraham Manning
- Mrs. Miriam Miller
- Mrs. Elana Moskowitz
- Rabbi Menachem Nissel
- Rabbi Zave Rudman
- Mrs. Kate Salasnick
- Rabbi Yehoshua Schwab
- Mrs. Rivka Segal
- Rabbi Aharon Shadmi
- Mrs. Bruriah Willig
Interaction with Israelis
Students spend Shabbatot throughout the country.
Special Informal Programs
Chagigot open an artistic outlet to students focused around the holidays. Yamei Iyun allow for concentrated focus on specific topics and guest lectures introduce some of the outstanding personalities of the Jewish World to our students.
Gym classes on campus for a membership fee. We usually offer a dance chug. Students often jog.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
Approximately once a month, we have Shabbatonim. Several of these are held off campus to allow students to experience different communities around the country, broadening their understanding of what it is or can be like to live in Israel. Midreshet Tehillah takes responsibility to set up students for meals at families and faculty members on all Shabbatot and Yamim Tovim when Midreshet Tehillah does not have a group program planned. Alternatively, students make their own arrangements with family and friends.
The Midreshet Tehillah program includes a full compliment of day and over night tiyulim traveling around the country. Emphasis is put on hiking to give students a chance to form a personal connection with Eretz Yisrael.
Level of Learning Offered
Classes are on a sophisticated level for students with a serious interest in learning, thinking, and growing. Classes are presented in a fashion which accommodates Hebrew skill levels ranging from advanced-beginner to complete fluency.
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Student Hebrew levels range from advanced beginners to complete fluency. All classes which work directly with text have beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Religious Observance Required
Full commitment to shmirat Torah and mitzvot.
Type of American Student
Students typically come from Yeshiva High Schools or Beit Yaakovs such as Bruriah, Manhattan, TAG, Hanna Saks, and BY of Baltimore. Of the American girls, typically about 1/4 come from NY, and about 3/4 come from outside NY.
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
40 - 55 students.
Foreign Student Percentage
About 1/4 of our students are foreign, with the majority from England.
Number of 1st Year American Students
40 - 55 students.
Number of 2nd Year American Students
Approximately 1/3 of the students stay on for another year in various programs on and off the Neve campus. Midreshet Tehillah does not have its own Shana Bet program though we work closely with students helping them select the shana bet program which is most appropriate to them. Our program has an excellent reputation and our students are in demand to accept places in shana bet programs.
England, South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Australia.
Number of Students per Class
Varies by class with the smallest having six or eight students. A few classes per week are given to the whole school together.
Residence buildings are divided into apartments, with each apartment having four or six bedrooms, a kitchen, and washroom facilities with showers. Washing machines and dryers for laundry are available in the building. Three students live in each bedroom.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Three meals a day are provided in the campus dining room. Meals are also served during vacations. Each apartment has a kitchen with a fridge, sink, counter space, and cupboards. Students generally band together to get a toaster, sandwich maker, or microwave and develop extraordinary creativity and skill in supplementing their diet with these minimal facilities.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
The dorm is always open, with meals either provided on campus or with families in the neighborhood.
On-campus curfew at 11:30 during the week, and 12:00 on Motzai Shabbat.
Armed guard 24 hours at the campus gate. Students have Student ID cards with which they are allowed on campus. Students are updated on the security situation when necessary and when it is deemed necessary we restrict students’ movement.
Midreshet Tehillah first began in 2002, and has rapidly risen to prominence, becoming a program of choice for motivated students looking for a genuine growth experience.
YU/Stern, Touro, Teacher’s Institute of Chicago, MJI, ACE
Tuition is $20,000
Rabbi Jeremy Kagan
1 Beit Yitzchak Street, Hakablan
(mailing address) P.O. Box 43016
Har Nof, Jerusalem 91430
Phone: (02) 654-4578
Fax: (02) 651-9376