The Conservative Yeshiva Summer Program in Jerusalem, Israel

Summer Session I – June 21-July 9, 2015
Summer Session II – July 12-30, 2015

 Each session will be preceded by Shabbat activities on the Shabbat prior – June 19-20 and July 10 to 11.

  • Five levels of Hebrew Ulpan each morning
  • Beginning and Advanced Talmud – intensive each morning
  • Classes in Rabbinic Texts, Tanach, Tefillah, & Halacha
  • A chance to be part of a diverse learning community

The Conservative Yeshiva’s Summer Learning Program in Jerusalem is one of the most popular summer programs in Israel.

  • Morning classes feature either intensive Ulpan at five levels to build Hebrew speaking and reading skills, or Talmud study at beginning or advanced levels.
  • Afternoon classes include text classes in Bible, Rabbinics, Jewish Thought, Halacha, Liturgy and more, plus skills workshops, tours and volunteering.
  • Text Courses are built on the traditional model of chevruta, learning one-on-one with a partner, and shiur, a seminar-style class.
  • Sessions are not repetitive – you may apply for three or six weeks.

Hebrew Ulpan

  • Small classes, experienced teachers
  • Speaking, reading and writing
  • Five mornings per week

Volunteer & Study

  • Combine Volunteering with learning
  • Contribute your professional skills
  • Build your resume
  • Four volunteer tracks

Torah of Human Rights

  • Volunteer with an Israeli human rights organization
  • Apply your learning in the field

Nusach Intensive – Session I June 21-July 9

  • Enhance your skills and intention as Shaliach Tsibbur
  • Learn in an environment with a love of God, community and t’fillah
  • Gain confidence and connect with your soul and with people
  • Understand vital aspects of nusach hat’filla

Chazanim Jaclyn Chernett (London) and Jalda Rebling (Berlin) teach Nusach for three weeks. Enhance your Sh’lichei Tsibbur skills no matter your current level in an environment with a love of God, community and t’fillah geared to providing confidence, connecting with your own sense of soul and with people, and understanding vital aspects of nusach hat’filla. Participants will be encouraged to lead the davening for daily Shacharit and Mincha; EAJL teachers will provide workshops and individual feedback. At the end of the second week there will be an optional  Shabbaton on Kibbutz Hanaton. Week 1: Chol, Week 2: Shabbat, Week 3: Aspects of Yamim Nora’im. Apply now for the Summer Learning Program and the EAJL Hazzanut track. More information about EAJL.

Multi-faith Exploration of Jewish Texts
Session I June 21-July 9

The Conservative Yeshiva’s new Multi-faith Exploration of Jewish Texts Program offers a limited number of scholarships including full tuition and a generous travel stipend for Graduate Students in Theology or Religious Studies. Apply Now

Kashrut Supervision Intensive – Session II July 12-July 30, 2015

For those who want to be Mashgiach (Supervisor of) Kashrut for synagogues, schools and camps, and also to all those who want to become more knowledgeable about the kashrut industry and keeping Kosher home kitchens.

Instructors: Rabbi Joel Roth & Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow

  • Kashering homes and industrial kitchens הגעלה וליבון
  • The laws of meat & milk דיני בשר בחלב
  • Forbidden mixtures תערובות
  • Between Israel & the nations בישול, פת, חלב וגבינת עכו”ם, סתם יינם
  • Sanctification of vessels טבילת כלים
  • Separating hallah הפרשת חלה
  • Fish, meat & fish, milk & fish
  • Shabbat, Passover and Yom Tov
  • Kashering (rinsing & salting) meat
  • Determining the reliability of Kosher certifications (hashgachot)

Sundays – Wednesdays 2 pm-5:15 pm, Thursdays 2 pm-3:30 pm; 40 hours of study.
A ”Kashrut Basics” certificate will be awarded upon completion of this initial segment of the course.

Special Events

Throughout the summer program, the Conservative Yeshiva has special days of learning and activities. Examples of special events include:

  • Trips around Jerusalem and its surrounding areas
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and Friday night dinner
  • Yom Iyun (Dedicated Learning) for the 17 of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av fast days

Language

The language of instruction, and of most communication, is English. Hebrew knowledge is helpful but not required. Students from non-English speaking countries are welcome.

Housing

Students live in apartments, guesthouses, and hotels in Jerusalem, usually within walking distance. The Conservative Yeshiva does not have dormitories, but does assist in finding housing.

Admissions

Online Application Form – select Summer Program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline for scholarships is March 1.

Admission Requirements

The Conservative Yeshiva welcome Jewish students of all learning levels, religious backgrounds, and interests to its Summer Program. Students should be 19 years of age and have completed one year of college.

Year Program Students

Year Program students are strongly encouraged to attend the Summer Program and the Hebrew Ulpan.

Tuition

One session: $800
Both sessions: $1,200
Half day, one session: $550
Half day, both sessions: $800
Incoming CY Year Program students: $100 per week, full time.
Tuition does not include flights, housing, food, health insurance (required), or books (few need to be bought).

Financial Aid

Through the generosity of many friends of the Conservative Yeshiva, financial aid is available for our summer programs.

College Student Leaders Summer Scholarship

Three scholarships of full tuition for one session are available for college undergraduates between the ages of 19 to 24 who have been active in the Jewish community and demonstrate leadership and communication abilities. The scholarship recipient must be recommended by a professional who is familiar with their work on campus, and must commit to continuing involvement when they return to campus.

The application deadline is April 15, 2015. To apply, check the College Student Leaders Summer Scholarship box on the application form.

Financial Aid for Future Jewish Leaders

The Conservative Yeshiva offers a limited number of tuition reductions for young adults up to age 30. Please complete the application for the summer program and inquire about financial aid.

Check out our Volunteer & Study Program!