How do I apply?
Use our online application system for applications to Conservative Yeshiva programs. Our applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Are there admissions requirements?
Self-motivation and a desire to learn are the most important requirements. We also expect a basic ability to read Hebrew with some comprehension for our year programs. You need not have studied Jewish texts formally before.
What kind of Hebrew background is expected?
The better your Hebrew, the more you’ll get out of your yeshiva studies. We recommend at least level Bet according to the Israeli ulpan rating system for the Year program. We encourage students to attend summer ulpan before the beginning of the Year Program, and we also offer several hours of Hebrew Ulpan each week during the year. Many students come to the Yeshiva summer program to strengthen their Hebrew. Students with beginning Hebrew are welcome in the Summer Program.
How soon after my application and recommendations are received will I find out whether I have been accepted?
Completed applications are reviewed as soon as they are received. Once the review is completed, a letter will be sent to you. You can expect to hear from us within three weeks of your completed application.
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Where is the Conservative Yeshiva located?
The Conservative Yeshiva is located at Agron 8, off Keren HaYesod/King George streets, about ten minutes from the center of town and across the street from SuperSol, one of Jerusalem’s largest supermarkets
Are meals included in the Conservative Yeshiva program? Is there a cafeteria or kitchen on the premises?
The Yeshiva does not provide meals, except on special occasions. We have a kitchen with plenty of cabinet and drawer space, a sink, refrigerator stovetop, toaster oven, and microwaves. Many students take advantage of the kitchen, bringing meals from home or preparing them in our kitchen.
Do students have access to computers at the Conservative Yeshiva?
The Yeshiva has three computers designated for limited student use, including word processing and Internet access. Many students bring their own computers from home, while others rely on the Yeshiva and on friends’ computers. The Yeshiva has WiFi network on campus, and there are other networks in the city as well.
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What is the cost of tuition for 2010?
What does it cost to live for a year in Israel?
A ballpark figure for ten months is about $10-12,000 for rent, arnona (municipal residence taxes), va’ad bayit (heat and building maintenance fees), food, utilities, medical insurance, and other incidentals, based on $350-550 per month per person for rent. Remember, too, the cost of round-trip transportation to Israel can be a significant amount. Figures will fluctuate depending on your living arrangements, how much you choose to travel, eat out, go to movies, etc.
Financial aid in the form of tuition reduction and interest free loans are available based on need. Earlier applications receive priority consideration. To be considered for financial aid, contact the Conservative Yeshiva for a financial aid application and return it to us as soon as possible.
Loan deferments are also available. Contact your lender for a deferment application and the Conservative Yeshiva office for the code number.
Thanks to the generosity of the Legacy Heritage fund, a selected number of scholarships are also available to European students and a small number North American students.
How else can I get funding for the year?
Students between the ages of 18 and 30 may be eligible for MASA scholarships through the Jewish Agency. Many students have also received assistance from their local rabbis and federations. Please see the financial aid pages for more information.
Where to students live? What is the price range for apartments? Does the Conservative Yeshiva have dorms?
The Conservative Yeshiva does not provide accommodations or dorms – students are responsible for finding their own housing. Jerusalem, with a large and eclectic student population, has a wide range of furnished and partially-furnished rental apartments. Most students live in rented-apartments that are in close proximity to the Yeshiva campus.
If you live with roommates, you can expect to pay $350-550 per month. If you are paying more than $550, you should make sure that you are getting your money’s worth in amenities (e.g., washing machine, porch, heat, etc.) Students who wish to live alone and students coming for short periods of time will likely pay more per month.
Short-term and summer students sometimes choose to stay in hotels near the Yeshiva.
How do I find housing?
The Conservative Yeshiva Housing page has information about finding and renting apartments. There is also a listserve where current students post apartments they are vacating and incoming students can find roommates.
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What is the age and general background of most students?
Most of our students have recently finished college and are either on their way to or in the middle of advanced degree study or careers. There are also older students who are taking a sabbatical or a mid-career break for a year of learning, some of whom come to Israel with their spouses or families. Our students come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, including Conservative, Reform, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and non-affiliated.
Pre-college age students who would like to attend the Yeshiva can take part in the Yeshiva track of the Nativ Program of United Synagogue. The Nativ program includes one semester at the Conservative Yeshiva and one semester on kibbutz or in community work.
What is the community life like?
Do the students tend to socialize after classes, or does everyone go their own way?
There is a strong, supportive community atmosphere at the Conservative Yeshiva. Many students celebrate Shabbatot and Chagim together and spend time together socially in other ways. We have Yeshiva social events over the course of the year, many of which are initiated and organized by students.
Is there a regular minyan at the Conservative Yeshiva?
We have daily Shacharit, Mincha, and Ma’ariv services, which students are encouraged to attend. Services are fully egalitarian and participatory, led by students, faculty and visitors. Students unfamiliar with regular davening and the siddur are given assistance and support: there is no need to feel uncomfortable with not knowing.
Do students daven together on Shabbat and Chagim or go elsewhere?
Many students daven together at the various egalitarian service options around Jerusalem. About once a month Conservative Yeshiva students organize and lead Friday night services at Congregation Moreshet Yisrael, the Conservative synagogue located next to the Conservative Yeshiva.
Can I contact alumni or current students so that I can get their impressions of the Conservative Yeshiva?
- Leora Perkins- (Needham, MA) lperkins316 at gmail.com
- Roni Tabick (London, UK) roni.tabick at gmail.com
- Ariela Housman (New York, NY) – arieladh at gmail.com
- Josh Ladon (Jerusalem, Israel) – jsladon at gmail.com
- Rami Schwartzer (List College, NY) – Rschwartzer at gmail.com
How do I get a Visa?
The Yeshiva strongly recommends that you apply for a student visa before you come to Israel. Please read the Visa section on the Incoming Students page.
How do I get medical insurance?
The Yeshiva requires all students to have health insurance while they are studying at the Conservative Yeshiva. We do not consider a policy for “catastrophic” health insurance alone as sufficient. If your health insurer from home covers you while here, you will need to provide us with confirmation. Even if you are covered from home, you may want to consider a local policy as a supplement. This is your decision.
Health insurance for tourists/ foreign students is an established market in Israel. The policies can be purchased for the length of a visit, with charges running from about $1.00 – $3.50 per day, generally scaled to age. Pre-existing health conditions might also be a factor in the cost. The Yeshiva is happy to provide students with specific information about local health insurance providers.
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