Tomer Devorah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Goal of the Program

To educate and inspire students to use a healthy Torah lens to assess their goals and priorities for their adult life.


Goal of Program

To educate and inspire students to use a healthy Torah lens to assess their goals and priorities for their adult life.

Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

Tomer Devorah seeks to engender a very strong connection to the Land of Israel through classes, tiyulim and Shabbatot in communities throughout the Land.  Medinat Yisrael is a precious and fragile gift that Hashem gave back to the Jews after the destruction of the Holocaust.  We have tremendous hakarat hatov for the fact that we have a Medina that affords us to learn and serve Hashem in the Land of our Forefathers.

Attitude towards University Studies

Very encouraging of students to continue their studies in colleges and universities around the world.

Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

There is a very big emphasis on involvement in experiential and extracurricular activities in Tomer Devorah.  The monthly calendar has multiple extracurricular activities, trips, events and more every month.

Preparation for Post Israel

In Tomer Devorah there is a very big emphasis on being "real" and encouraging the students to face their real-life challenges and hurdles head-on.  Tomer Devorah prepares the students not only with the knowledge and background to be confident and proud in their Torah perspectives and beliefs but also to be healthy, inside and out, with a balanced perspective on life and the future.

The "Successful" Student

A successful Tomer Devorah student is one who went through her seminary year facing her challenges - academic, personal growth or spiritual - head on.  Tomer Devorah students find they have the support and backing they need to overcome the challenges they meet throughout the year.  Those students who don't fake or shy away, but are committed to taking on their challenges, both in the classroom and out, succeed at becoming developed, mature thinkers and recognize the deep wellspring of personal abilities and potential that they have inside.  This is something the students take with them for the rest of their lives and use to face all their future challenges and obstacles.


The Tomer Devorah dress code reflects adherence to Halacha as well as sensitivity to the local religious population.

Guidance Personnel

We have a strong staff with a very small staff to student ratio.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the staff by making meetings and personal connections.


There is 24 hour security for the  Tomer Devorah campus.  There is a family living on the campus and another Eim Bayit living just a few minutes walk away.  Our staff is in constant contact with the students and attendance and curfew are monitored daily in order to ensure that every student is accounted for.



Our curriculum focuses on developing a deep love of Judaism and commitment to a Torah lifestyle through learning the texts and contemporary teachings of our rabbis. There is a strong emphasis on Midot development and finding each individual girl's place in her Judaism.

Courses Offered

A full weekly schedule is available on our website:

4 D Vision

48 Ways

A Deeper Look

A Meaningful Life

Advanced Halacha

Bayit Rishon: A Nation Divided

Bein Adam Lichaveiro

Beit Midrash (Freestyle)

Beit Midrash: Chumash Prep

Building Blocks

Building Your Humanity

Chayei Olam

Chinuch Habanim


Chovat Hatalmidim


Concepts in Jewish Thought

Contemporary Conundrums in Halacha

D’rash v’Remez al HaParsha

Da Et Atzmecha

Da Ma Lihashiv

Darchei Noam

Empowerment through Torah

Foundations of Faith

From Adam to Adam

From Adam to Me

Galgal Hashana - Sephardic

Habayit Hayehudi


Halacha: Lifecycles

Hatzalah - EMR

Hilchot Brachot

Hilchot Inyanei Nashim

Hilchot Shabbat I: Fundamentals

Hilchot Shabbat II: Sephardic

Hilchot Shabbat III: 39 Melachot

Honors Chumash

Iggeret HaRamban

Independent Parshat Hashavua Self Study

Inyanei Nashim

Iyunim B'Chumash

Lessons from the Desert

Life Skills

Maagal Hashana: The Cycle of the Jewish Year

Mesilat Yesharim

Michtav Meliyahu


Misunderstood Topics in Tanach

Mitzvot Nashim

Mysteries of Parshat Bereishit

Nashim BaTanach

Netivot Shalom

Out and About in Jerusalem

Pirkei Avot

Rodfei Emet

Sefer Chafetz Chaim

Sefer Daniel

Sefer Kuzari

Sefer Ovadia

Shearim BeTfillah

Sheva Neviot

Shir Hashirim

Taamei Hamitzvot



The Joy of Being a Jew

Threats to Judaism

Tools for the Real World

Trei Asar


Understanding the End of Days

Uva LiTzion

Values and Value

Works of the Ramchal

Yediat Ha’aretz


Daily Schedule

Classes are offered 5 days a week beginning at 8:30am.  Girls choose their own classes and therefore have the flexibility to create their schedules to best suit their individual needs.  There are no classes on Fridays.

Language of Instruction

Our classes are in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

We offer Ulpan as part of our schedule.

Assessment and Grading

Grades are assessed based on attendance, class participation and semester tests or projects.  

Shana Bet

Tomer Devorah offers a full shana bet program.

Joint Program

Yeshiva University, Touro, Excelsior College


Mrs. Chana Abowitz                     

Mrs. Gitty Auerbach                     

Mrs. Michelle Baruch                   

Rabbi Meir Blake                           

Rabbi Morderchai Burg               

Rabbi Tzadok Cable                      

Rabbi Yirmiyahu Cohen               

Mrs. Tzipora Leah Danesh                         

Rabbi Meir Eisenman                   

Rabbi Noam Fix               

Mrs. Rivka Fix                  

Mrs. Elana Glatt                            

Mrs. Sophie Goldstein                 

Mrs. Chana Greenfield                

Mrs. Pearly Hausman                   

Mrs. Chava Leah Hoffman                         

Miss Shifra Kahana                       

Mrs. Mindel Kassorla                   

Rabbi Gabi Kruskal                        

Rabbi Dov Lev                  

Mrs. Rivka Lichtman                     

Mrs. Menucha Lieberman                         

Rabbi Yoel Lock               

Mrs. Hyndi Mendelowitz                           

Mrs. Miriam Miller                       

Miss Tsivia Morrison                    

Mrs. Shaina Newman                   

Mrs. Shelly Padowitz                    

Mrs. Tamara Pearl                        

Rabbi Don Perkal                          

Mrs. Sheva Rand                           

Mrs. Miriam Rosen                       

Miss Sara Rosenbaum                 

Mrs. Leah Rosenstein                   

Rabbi Moshe Rosenstein                           

Mrs. Aviva Saunders                    

Rabbi Baruch Schechter                             

Mrs. Dina Schoonmaker                            

Rabbi Nachman Seltzer                

Mrs. Hanna Shukrun                    

Rabbi Adam Simon                       

Mrs. Joyce Sperling                       

Mrs. Elana Stahler                        

Mrs. Avigail Teller                         

Mrs. Michal Trenk                         

Mrs. Ariella Vale                            

Mrs. Tova Walder                         

Mrs. Chaya Wealcatch                 

Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel Wenglin    

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis

Tomer Devorah is located on the beautiful Beit Olot Campus -- a home for underprivileged Israeli girls.  

Tomer Devorah girls are encouraged to expand their horizons by spending shabbat with families living all over Israel.

Special Informal programs

Special informal programming happens all the time at Tomer Devorah. We host workshops at staff homes, movie nights on educational topics, night activities, exercise classes, game.nights , kumzitzs, dinners with teachers and more.  Over vacation times, we have special programming including a pizza party, BBQ, tie dyeing, informal trips, joint chessed opportunities and other fun and relaxing activities.

Sports Facilities

Our campus houses various exercise machines and an outdoor basketball court.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov

Tomer Devorah offers approximately one shabbaton per month.  Shabbatonim are either on our campus or in various communities around Israel.  Tomer Devorah has a shabbat placement program in which girls can sign up to be placed in different communities.  

Field Trips

Tomer Devorah girls are privileged to travel the width and breadth of the country.  We travel up to the North of the Country, the South of the country and everywhere in between.  


Level of Learning Offered


Hebrew Knowledge Required

Shiurim are in English.

Religious Observance Required

An orthodox woman who exhibits a positive attitude towards her shemirat Torah U'Mitzvot and who is actively seeking growth in learning.


Type of Student

Tomer Devorah students come from all over the United States from backgrounds ranging from public school to Beit Yaakov.  

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)


Foreign Student Percentage


Number of 1st Year American Students


Number of 2nd Year American Students

Generally 10-20

Other Nationalities

England, Canada, Brazil,  Australia, South Africa, and Italy

Number of Students per Class

Students choose their own classes and therefore class sizes range from as few as 5-8 girls to classes that have all the girls in attendance.'



Living Quarters

Each room houses 4-5 students.  The dorms are housed in the same beautiful building as all the school facilities -- no need to be exposed to the elements on your way to class, to the common areas or to eat.  All students have access to a kitchenette, laundry and computers with internet access.  Students may choose their own roommates. Tomer Devorah is housed on a campus equipped with a basketball court and multiple outdoor areas for recreation.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities

The dorm has a kitchen facility for student use with refrigerator, burners and microwave.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov

The dorm is always open.


Curfew is 11:30pm nightly.

Security Arrangements

There is a 24 hour security guard, closed circuit cameras and a fence surrounding the entire scenic campus.



Founded in 2006, Tomer Devorah is proud to be moving into its second decade as a successful, popular and highly regarded seminary.  

Accrediting Universities

Tomer Devorah is a recognized Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. Our credits are accepted by Touro College, Excelsior College and various other universities. Please be in touch with the Tomer Devorah Office to find out if your college will accept a Tomer Devorah transcript.


Annual tuition is $23,800.

Additional Information

Please see our website

Contact Information

Tomer Devorah


Shevy Lowinger

6536 N. California Avenue

Chicago, IL 60645

Phone: (773) 262-0208

Fax: (312) 873-4172



Rabbi Noam Fix

29 Ma'agalei Harim Levin

Sanhedria Murchevet, Jerusalem 9770727

Phone: (02) 571-6633

Fax: (02) 571-5032