Darchei Binah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Goal of Program
Darchei Binah was founded and is directed by noted educators Rabbi & Mrs. Shimon Kurland. Rabbi Nachman Bulman zt"l served as the inspiration behind the creation of the seminary based on his world outlook of the primacy of Torah in all aspects of life. Young Jewish women are encouraged to develop their intellectual and creative abilities to their fullest in the pursuit of this goal. We are located in Ramat Sharett, Jerusalem, adjacent to Bayit Vegan.
Attitude Towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
The concept of Kedushat Eretz Yisrael is lived and taught in all its glory. Darchei Binah provides a Yediat Haaretz course, a full tiyul program, shabbatonim scheduled in the length and breadth of the country, and forums for the discussion of the political ramifications of the State of Israel. On Yom Haatzmaut Rav Zev Leff delivers a monumental shiur on inyana deyoma, and our students hear a first hand account from a soldier who fought in the Yom Kippur War. We visit Massada and Ein Gedi annually on Yom Hatzmaut.
Attitude Towards University Studies
Darchei Binah has joint program status with SCW, Touro, and TI in Chicago. Their representatives regularly visit our campus in order to facilitate the application and registration process. And, the deans from these institutions are invited to speak when they are visiting in Israel. All of our students attend college after leaving seminary, many attending the above mentioned options and others attending local secular universities.
Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities
All of our students participate in a formal chesed program on a weekly basis. Placements include working with families, children with special needs, the elderly, Russian olim, and hospital visits. Additionally, our stdents have always chosen to exhibit their initiative and express their creativity through optional chesed projects in the course of the year.
Preparation for Post Israel
Various yemei iyun
The "Successful" Student
A "successful" Darchei Binah alumna in 5 or 10 years may be living in Eretz Yisrael or Chutz LeAretz. She may be a mother, a teacher, a physical therapist, a psychologist; but she will certainly be a Bat Yisrael in the fullest meaning of the words.
Dress in conformity with halacha
Several staff members of a very high caliber have formal meeting hours with students on a regular basis. Additionally, our entire staff has always been available for counseling, discussion and advice on an informal basis. Students visit faculty regularly on Shabbatot, and each student has a mechanachet with whom she meets weekly on an individual basis. Darchei Binah is known for the exceptionally strong bond between faculty and students.
The menahel and his family live on campus in addition to an Eym Bayit and madrichot. Attendance is taken, curfew is enforced, and students are expected to maintain appropriate standards of behavior both in school and out.
Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, Oral Law, Pedagogy, History
See our website: Darcheibinah.org
See our website: Darcheibinah.org
Language of Instruction
Mixed Hebrew and English
Assessment and Grading
Grades based on tests, papers, and attendance. Attendance is taken in class.
We have a full shana bet program. Between 1/4 and 1/3 of student body stays.
SCW, Touro, TI
- Rabbi and Mrs. Shimon Kurland
- Rabbi Ephraim Oratz
- Rabbi Zev Leff
- Mrs. Shira Smiles
- Rabbi M. Nissel
- Mrs. Batya Gallant
- Rabbi Reuvain Lauffer
- Rabbi Bentzion Kermaier
- Rabbi Jonathan Taub
- Mrs. Chanie Shaw
- Rabbi Hillel Horovitz
- Rabbi Yosef Cohen
- Rabbi Hadar Margolin
- Mrs. Adela Buchsbaum
- Mrs. Malki Fogel
- Rabbi Yaakov Marcus
- Mrs. Chana Rabinowitz
- Rabbi Aharon Shadmi
- Rabbi Feivel Shuster
- Mrs. Chana Silver
- Mrs. Daniella Teitz
- Rabbi Hanoch Teller
- Mrs. Karen Thaller
- Rabbi Tzvi Weinsten
- Rabbi and Mrs. Yehuda Werblowsky
- Rabbi Shimon Heller
- Ms. Sara Klotz
- Mrs. Esther Leiberman
Interaction with Israelis
Students spend Shabbatot throughout the country.
Special Informal Programs
Constant guest speakers, yemei iyun, chagigot, Rosh Chodesh activities.
Aerobics in seminary, full health club facilities on campus. new treadmills, eliptical trainers, free weights etc.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
One required Shabbaton a month scheduled throughout Israel - Kinar (on the Kinneret), Bnei Brak, Old City, Kibbutz Chofetz Chaim.
The Menahel lives near the dorms and is always available to host girls for Shabbos meals. Darchei Binah hosts a second seder on Pesach and full learning and hospitality program on Shavuous.
Overnight tiyulim (North and South) scheduled 4 times a year. Half and full day tiyulim scheduled monthly.
Level of Learning Offered
Advanced - able to independently learn Mefarshim on Chumash, Shulchan Arukh, etc.
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Intermediate- shiurim are in Hebrew and English Advanced- shiurim are mainly in Hebrew
Religious Observance Required
Full Commitment to shmirat mitzvot
Type of American Student
40% New York. 60% outside of NY. Bruriah, Shevach, Prospect Park, Shulamis, Tag, SKA, Hanna Sachs, Hanc, Tiferes Beis Yaakov, BY Baltimore, BY Detroit, BY LA YULA, Yavneh, Haftr, Ida Crown, Temima
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
No information provided
Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided
Number of 1st Year American Students
Number of 2nd Year American Students
England, South Africa, Australia, Chile. small percentage of overall student body
Number of Students per Class
2-3 girls per room. Girls can choose their roommates if they wish to do so. Girls have access to email from all dorm buildings, but no internet access. Frozen Yogurt is available in the lounge for purchase.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Private Kitchen facilities available. Full kitchen facilities in dorms.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
Dorm never closes on Shabbos or Yom Tov. Kitchens koshered for Pesach.
Curfew is strictly enforced. Sign out for Shabbos strictly enforced.
Dorms have automatic locks.
Security cameras monitor all entrances, and exits from buildings.
Families live in dorm facilities.
All students are contacted by cell phone in event of a terrorist attack R.L. (Rachmana Litzlan, G-d forbid)
See website: Darcheibinah.org
Darchei Binah is a recognized Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. There is a joint program with Touro and TI Chicago.
$21, 500. A trip to Poland is included in the tuition.
Darchei Binah offers an unbeatable combination of warmth and intellectual opportunity for growth. We have high standards of our students in their Shemiras hamitzvos combined with an openness and acceptance of individuals coming from various backgrounds. All questions are encouraged when looking for honest answers. We have very high caliber staff.
For further information or to download an application go to:
Rabbi Gil Freiman
1049 E. 13th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 252-6017
Fax: (718) 758-0281
Rabbi Shimon Kurland / Lisa Kermaier
(mailing address) P.O. Box 16432
22 Rechov Nezer David