We are looking in Jerusalem in neighborhoods accessible to the Old City, since we’ll be learning at the Aish World Center every week. We’re in the midst of deciding between a few great locations in the Rechavia, German Colony, or Givat Hamivtar general regions which have wonderful, warm and open English speaking communities.
In a regular week, there are classes every day: 9am-12:30pm a break 12:30pm-3pm, classes 3pm-6:15/6:45pm a break until 8pm and night seder 8pm-9:30pm. Monday evenings are off and Tuesdays we go to the Aish World Center for morning learning, followed by Chessed in the afternoon.
Take a look at our sample schedule here.
Take a look at our sample schedule to get a feel for what we will be offering. We are building a well rounded schedule that is relevant to today’s students and will keep them engaged. Learning formats and approaches will include text analysis, philosophy, experiential application of concepts, discussion, and life skill building.
Chessed - aside from the usual weekly chessed afternoons, we will be facilitating a few ongoing chessed projects that the students will spearhead and see from beginning to end. Projects might include organizing a wedding, organizing a bar/bat mitzvah, buying and delivering groceries to needy families and more! This experience will teach students valuable life skills associated with planning and implementing various projects as well as show the direct impact of the culminations of their efforts.
Tiyulim - North, South, East, West! We will be traveling all around Israel throughout the year!
Poland - Restrictions permitting, there will be a Poland trip. This is a truly transformative experience and we encourage all students to come!
Experiential learning - the classroom is a great place to learn about Judaism, but Judaism is meant to be lived. We will be having classes with practical/experiential components that show the “how’s” and not only the “what’s” and “why’s.”
Students will be living in dorms with madrichot. The Dean of Students will be meeting with each student periodically to get a sense of their general progress and feedback. Otherwise, each student will have her personal go-to staff member who she will meet with weekly to check in. Additionally, there will be staff around for any additional meetings or learning sessions a student might want to schedule outside of what’s provided. During chabura style sedarim in the morning and evening, there will always be staff around for further engagement and support.
Yes, we will generate transcripts for college credits.
Sunday mornings we will start the week with a homemade hot breakfast; otherwise, students are provided ingredients to make breakfast on all other days.
Lunch and Dinner are catered Sunday-Thursday. We try to accommodate allergies as best as we can but cannot accommodate all food preferences. There is access to a kitchen for students to prepare food for themselves should a particular meal not fit all of their dietary restrictions or needs.
We have Shabbatonim a few times over the year and a monthly mandatory in-Shabbat. Otherwise, students are welcome to visit different communities in Israel or sign up to be set up locally. There will always be a staff family on campus for Shabbat so that no student will be stuck without a place for Shabbat.
Chagim - students will not be left alone to figure things out for themselves! We make sure they have either programming or help in finding places to go for chagim.
Pesach break will be the month of Nissan like all other schools.