Neve School of General Jewish Studies (SGJS)
Including Mechina and Pre-Shalhevet
June 10-August 11, 2003
Start of Mini Session
End of Mini Session
Tues. June 17
Start of Regular Summer Session 2003
Wed. June 18
Shivah Asar B’Tammuz (half-day classes)
Thurs. July 17
Thurs. August 7
End of Regular Summer Program and SGJS
Mon. August 11
Wed. August 13
Start of SGJS Academic Year 2003-2004/5764
Mon. September 1
Session – June 10-17, 2003
Regular Program - June 18 - August 11, 2003
information about Post-Shalhevet and Moreshet Programs, click here,).
Summer Program at the Neve School of General Jewish Studies is a full-time
Jewish studies program designed for the inquiring Jewish woman interested in
deepening her knowledge of Judaism. Participants come with varying
backgrounds of Jewish education, ranging from minimal to highly advanced. All
share, however, a desire to enhance the spiritual dimension of their lives. The
program is open to Jewish women ages 19 and over. Offered on levels from beginners
to advanced, the program meets each student’s needs with flexibility.
may come, with permission, later and/or stay beyond the end of the summer
program. However, Neve requires a minimum stay of three-full weeks of the
full-time study program. Please contact the appropriate* Neve office to
arrange other dates.
Place: The program takes place at Neve Yerushalayim’s
beautiful campus in Har Nof, Jerusalem. Housing is provided in
student residence buildings on campus. (Those over 30 years of age need
special permission to reside in dormitories.) Students may also choose to
reside off campus. Full meal service is offered in Neve’s dining hall.
Cost: Fee for the eight-week program for tuition, room,
and full meal service is $2,200 ($1,100 per month/$275 per week) not
including airfare. Those unable to pay full tuition may apply for financial
aid in the appropriate section of the application.
Schedule: A full-time program of classes covering a wide
range of Jewish studies is given Sundays through Thursdays. The program
includes lectures, small-group discussions, and one-to-one study, as well as
Special programs and guest lectures on
current social, ideological, and political issues in Israel
Multi-level Hebrew Ulpan
Full and half-day tours throughout
Israel to places of religious, historical, and current interest; scenic
areas; national parks; etc.
Shabbat programs including home
hospitality in different communities, group programs on campus, and home
hospitality by faculty members
Sample of Topics Covered in the Neve Summer Program:
Jewish Laws and
Customs and The Meaning Behind Them; Role of Women in Judaism; Free Will vs.
Determinism; Jews and Non-Jews; Human Potential in Judaism; Jewish Mysticism;
Existence of G-d; Judaism and Science; Philosophy of Jewish Prayer; Sources
in Jewish Law; Classical Texts in Jewish Thought.
BIBLICAL and RABBINIC
Language and Concepts of Biblical Texts; Parshat
HaShavua (weekly Torah portion); Rabbinic texts such as Ethics of the
Fathers; Midrash and Commentaries.
Kashrut and Its Spiritual Relevance; Shabbat and Holiday
Observances; Jewish Law in Relation to Contemporary Issues; The Soul of
Jewish Law; Transmission of the Oral Tradition.
Modern Hebrew (spoken and written); Classical Hebrew
Texts; Meaning and Mechanics of the Prayerbook.
The Holocaust; Meaning of Jewish Nationhood and Its
History in the Land of Israel; Historical Verification of the Torah.
Programs: The study program is
offered on six levels:
Introductory Mechina Level: Assumes
little or no previous Jewish studies. A wide range of classes in all areas of
Jewish studies, with emphasis on philosophy and practice.
Four Intermediate Neve Levels: For
students who have had some Jewish studies background. Instruction is given in
improving textual learning skills, in addition to the topics mentioned above.
Pre-Shalhevet: For those with advanced
Hebrew textual skills, who are able to study text sources independently or
with the help of a study partner or tutor. Combination of classes and small
group study sessions.
Tutorials: Optional one-to-one tutorials are available to
students on all levels in subjects of their choosing in the afternoon and
Faculty: Neve Yerushalayim College faculty includes some of
the most renowned personalities in Jewish education today, including Mrs.
Tziporah Heller; Rabbi Leib Kelemen; Rabbi Yaakov Levi; Rabbi Menachem
Nissel; Rabbi Dovid Refson; Rabbi Hanoch Teller; and others from Israel,
Europe, the United States and elsewhere.
Credit: Students must study a
minimum of four weeks in the summer school program in order to be eligible
for credits. Many North American colleges and universities accept for
transfer the credits earned at the Neve School of General Jewish Studies. Check
with the registrar of your home college to ascertain the school’s
request, a transcript for courses successfully completed at the Neve School
of General Jewish Studies will be issued by the Neve office in Israel* if the
student is in good academic and financial standing. The fee for each
transcript is U.S. $6.00.
Medical Insurance: Students are urged to obtain, if possible, full medical coverage from
home for their stay in Israel. Students, moreover, are required to enroll in
an Israeli health plan. The health
plan that provides coverage for hospitalization only (up to 90 days)
in cases of injury or serious illness occurring for the first time in Israel,
costs U. S. $50. This plan does not cover visits to doctors' offices, the
cost of medication, or dental work. Another Israeli health plan that covers
hospitalization, doctors’ visits, and prescriptions costs approximately U. S.
$1.00 a day.
Apply: Download the application here, complete the form and mail to the
appropriate* Neve Yerushalayim office together with two photos and a U.S.
$20.00 non-refundable application
fee. The application form itself may be faxed to the Neve office*, in which
case the photos and check should be sent by mail.
Arrangements: Students planning to
attend Neve’s programs must make their own flight arrangements. Travel
arrangements may be made with any travel agent of the participant’s choosing.
Please note that flight plans should not be finalized before acceptance to
the program is confirmed.
living in North America must be in contact with the Neve Yerushalayim office
in America. Applicants living elsewhere must be in contact with Neve
Yerushalayim in Israel. See below for office addresses.