Tiferet—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Goal of Program
Tiferet is a Religious-Zionist school that aims to give its students an all-encompassing Israel experience that appeals to the mind, body and soul. We aspire to enlighten our students and broaden their understanding and knowledge of Judaism, as well as inspire them towards a closer connection to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. Our experienced and dynamic staff will instill in every student pride in Torah and love for every Jew.
Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
Tiferet is proudly Zionist, where we strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the modern-day miracle that is the State of Israel. Tiferet provides classes on Zionism and Israel, and we joyously celebrate Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim together.
Attitude Towards University Studies
Tiferet's graduates will continue their studies in a variety of colleges and universities after their year in Israel. We aim to give our students the tools they need to flourish in any setting, and we encourage them to maintain their involvement in Jewish causes and learning wherever they may be. Our students are taught that the secular subjects that they will study following their year in Israel should serve as a complement to their Torah studies.
Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities
The Chesed program at Tiferet lets you translate your Torah knowledge into action. There are a large variety of chesed opportunities to choose from - from packing food for needy families, to helping new immigrants, to participating in big sister programs. Chesed at Tiferet, however, involves not just regularly planned activities, but also spontaneous visits to hospitals, retirement homes and other places that need our help. Because we strive to place such a strong emphasis on derech eretz, mitzvot bein adam l'chaveiro, and midot improvement, chesed at Tiferet is more than just part of our program; it becomes a fundamental part of everyone's lives.
Preparation for Post Israel
Our philosophy is that students learning in Israel should not feel like they are in a bubble, detached from the outside world that they will be dealing with upon their return. Our teachers understand that real religiosity must be able to exist within the context of families, communities, and the workplace. This philosophy is apparent on a regular basis, in our warm teaching style and our understanding that there is a wide range of acceptable Halachic opinions on almost every issue. We also prepare our students in more specific ways for challenges that they may face, including a workshop on dealing with anti-Semitism on the college campus.
The "Successful" Student
A successful Tiferet student will take what she has learned at Tiferet and use it to guide her spiritually for the rest of her life. She will maintain a strong commitment to Torah, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Medinat Yisrael, and live her life according to those commitments.
A Tiferet student will understand that tzinut is not merely a list of rules and measurements, it is a midah that all people, men and women, should be constantly aspiring to cultivate. Of course, our students are expected to dress according to halachic standards, but more importantly, over the course of the year, we encourage them to work on all of their midot, one of which is tzniut.
Tiferet truly stands apart because of the relationships you will build with your teachers, rakazot, and madrichot throughout the year. Teachers' homes are extensions of the classroom, and you are encouraged to drop in at any time, for any reason. When you want to continue an exciting discussion from earlier in the day, when you have a problem and need someone to talk to, when you just want to stop by for a cup of coffee in a warm, family atmosphere - our doors are always open for you. That's why Tiferet's faculty members live within easy walking distance of our campus.
At Tiferet, we believe that the goal of supervision is not merely to stop students from doing something inappropriate, but to enable them to grow personally, and to improve themselves as people and as Jews. As a school which prides itself on close relationships between students and teachers, we are concerned with and stay abreast of all aspects of our students lives - their attendance in shiurim, their interpersonal relationships in the dormitories, and their general well-being. Our opinion is that supervision should be a direct manifestation of that concern for each individual student, and not just of a desire to enforce our particular rules. Tiferet's curfew is at 12:30 and we have a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol use.
Tiferet offers interactive classes in Chumash, Nach, Practical Halacha, Tefilla, Jewish Philosophy and Mussar, along with optional classes in Jewish History, Zionism, Chassidut and Gemara - all taught by our dynamic, exciting teachers.
Tiferet offers courses in Chumash, Navi, Ketuvim, Talmud, Practical Halacha, Tefila, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish History, Zionism and Musar. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with a wide array of great Jewish minds including Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and Nechama Leibowitz. Tiferet's curriculum combines exciting and interactive shiurim with independent Beit Midrash study to maximize growth in our students.
At Tiferet, the day typically begins at 9:00 AM, and the learning continues with afternoon and night seder. We believe that learning flourishes when a real relationship and a strong comfort level are established in each classroom. Therefore, we avoid classes where teachers only appear once a week, and in February still have difficulty remembering their students' names! Although there is enough regularity in your schedule to build those vital bonds, each day has its own unique aspects to keep you on your toes - from the workshops on Sunday morning, to the musar shmooze on Thursday night.
Language of Instruction
Most classes in Tiferet are taught in English, although we study and analyze primary sources in their original Hebrew. There are a few classes taught in Hebrew.
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
Tiferet offers an optional "practical ulpan" designed to give you the communication skills necessary to get the most out of your year in Israel.
Assessment and Grading
At Tiferet, we believe that this year is a unique opportunity to grow through learning "Torah Lishmah." Tiferet students are motivated to learn Torah, not because of external pressure, but because they have been inspired to do so. Teachers use tests, essays or projects to evaluate their students' progress. However, a far more significant evaluation is the continuous growth that we see in each Tiferet student.
Tiferet has a Shana Bet program every year for interested students. Their classes are more advanced and they work even harder on developing independent learning skills.
Tiferet has a Joint Program with Stern College for Women and with Touro College.
Rabbi Azriel Rosner - Rosh Midrasha
Rabbi Elie Mayer - Mashgiach Ruchani
Mrs. Leba Schneider - Director of Student Affairs
Mrs. Karen Hochhauser - Alumnae Director
Interaction with Israelis
Tiferet is located in the heart of a neighborhood made up of a healthy mix of native-born Israelis and olim, primarily from English-speaking countries. We encourage our students to integrate into this community, in terms of chesed, shiurim, and home hospitality. This gives Tiferet's students a unique opportunity to experience Israeli life over the course of their year here.
Special Informal Programs
Tiferet will regularly bring in guest speakers to expose our students to the broad spectrum of Orthodox Jewish thinkers and scholars. We believe that an appreciation for all types of Jews is vital for a Tiferet graduate. Chagigot and Yemei Iyun will be scheduled to highlight significant times in the year including Rosh Chodesh, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Yom Ha-Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim.
Tiferet truly believes that Torah learning is facilitated by a healthy body. We have an exercise room and a basketball hoop for students to use in their spare time.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
At Tiferet, we believe that no one should have to spend their year worrying about where they will be spending their next Shabbat. Because we are a community, Tiferet remains open at all times. On all Shabbatot and Chagim, you are welcome to stay at Tiferet and enjoy seudot, shiurim and programs with your friends and teachers. You don't have to make off-campus plans for the Yamim Nora'im or the Purim Seudah. You'll have an inspiring Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur together with your friends and teachers. Our doors are open to you from the day you step off the plane until the day that you leave.
At Tiferet, we view all of Medinat Yisrael as an extension of our campus. By exploring the rich history and stunning beauty of Israel, you deepen your love for the Land, strengthen your bonds with teachers and other students, allowing the theoretical knowledge you possess to become tangible before your eyes, all while having an incredibly good time. All tiyulim are led by experienced and inspiring guides, and every tiyul is planned with safety and security as our greatest concerns.
Level of Learning Offered
Tiferet offers shiurim on a variety of levels to cater to each student's abilities and learning style.
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Most classes are in English, with a few in Hebrew. An ability to read Hebrew sources is required.
Religious Observance Required
We expect Tiferet's students to be fully committed to Torah and mitzvot.
Type of American Student
Virtually all of our students have attended Orthodox High Schools.
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
74 Shana Alef students for the 5778 school year
Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided
Number of 1st Year American Students
2017/18 – 66
Number of 2nd Year American Students
2017/18 – 8
Canadian, British, Australian
Number of Students per Class
Average class size is 15 students
Tiferet students live in apartments in the brand new Tiferet building. Each apartment has its own kitchen facilities and lounge area, and the entire building has air conditioning and heating. We also provide our students with a delicious lunch and dinner every day in the Tiferet dining room. The school building has a computer room for student use with high-speed internet access enabling them to communicate with parents, relatives and friends.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Each apartment is equipped with kitchen facilities, to enable students to prepare meals on their own.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Tiferet believes that students and their parents, should not have to worry constantly about where she will be staying on the next Shabbat or holiday. Therefore, we are open every Shabbat and Chag, with no exceptions. Students enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that they never have to leave their home away from home. Each Shabbat there are shiurim, Oneg Shabbatot and programs with our locally residing faculty. In addition, we also schedule many "in-Shabbatot," when all Tiferet students stay in for Shabbat. Special programming and speakers make these Shabbatot one of the highlights of the students' year.
Curfew at Tiferet is at 12:30 AM, and we rigorously enforce it. When students are away for Shabbat, they are required to notify us where and with whom they are staying, before they go.
Tiferet is located in safe and friendly Ramat Beit Shemesh. Safety is our paramount concern. We believe that it is parents' prerogative to set the precise security policy for their daughter, and therefore, no student is permitted to visit any part of the country without her parents' explicit permission. In the event of a specific warning, we may impose temporary restrictions on all of our students, and in the event of a terrorist incident, we immediately communicate with all of our students via cellphone, and keep in close contact with parents.
Tiferet was founded by a group of young, dynamic educators to fill a need in the Jewish community. Many students yearned for a school which stressed the inspirational aspects of learning, in addition to the intellectual aspects. They wanted a stronger relationship with their teachers and mentors, with the presence of their school's faculty all the time, and not just during class hours.
Tiferet was designed to be more than just a school; Tiferet is a community. It is teachers who give classes tailored to your needs and interests. It is a staff that lives in the school's neighborhood, within a short walking distance, whose doors will always be open for you. It is a place whose doors never close, where you will never be asked to leave for Shabbat or chagim.
At Tiferet, we will make sure that your year in Israel - both in and out of the classroom - is the most meaningful and complete experience you've ever had.
Tiferet is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. It is on Touro's Israel Option.
$25,500 for 2017/18
American Friends of Tiferet Center
415 Avenue I
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 253-0230
Fax: (718) 338-1250
Rabbi Azriel Rosner, Rabbi Elie Mayer
Nachal Shimshon 2
Ramat Bet Shemesh 99622
Phone: (02) 999-7957
Fax: (050) 897-1328