for a week or a month
The Conservative Yeshiva Summer Program is divided into two 3-week sessions in which you can build a schedule from a menu of program offerings, including dynamic Jewish text study, eye-opening walking tours of Jerusalem, immersive Hebrew ulpan, and meaningful volunteer work.
Regardless of what you choose, all summer students are able to participate in special yeshiva programming and events including: morning prayers at the Egalitarian Kotel, community meals, and guest speakers.
Who can do it and how does it work?
- The Summer Program is open to individuals ages 19+ from all different backgrounds and Hebrew levels.
- Hebrew ulpan is immersive, which means that it is taught in Hebrew.
- The language of instruction for the Torah-study classes is English; Hebrew knowledge is helpful but not required.
- Students find their own accommodations, usually within walking distance of the yeshiva.
- Limited financial support is available.
The Conservative Yeshiva Summer Hebrew Ulpan, in Jerusalem, Israel, is an opportunity to study Hebrew intensively for a short period of time in a small, congenial class with students of all ages from around the world. The top-notch Hebrew Ulpan teachers, motivated fellow students, and location in the center of Jerusalem, Israel, combine to make this a premier Hebrew language experience.
Five levels of modern Hebrew study are offered, including reading, writing, speaking, grammar, and Israeli culture.
Summer Hebrew Ulpan Director, Nitza Shalitin
Nitza has taught Hebrew to overseas students at the Hebrew University One Year Program, the Melton Educators Program and Mechina program, and at Hebrew Union College, all in Jerusalem, Israel. She teaches Hebrew and coordinates the Conservative Yeshiva’s Ulpan programs.
Study at the Conservative Yeshiva focuses on traditional texts such as Talmud, Tanach (Bible), and Midrash, as well as Jewish philosophy and prayer. Learning is conducted in the traditional yeshiva method of pair learning (chevruta) and seminar-style classes (shiur) with an openness to modern scholarship and students’ interests. Chevruta study is an age-old method of Jewish text study in which two students learn a text together. It gives students an opportunity to explore and struggle with the text as they learn from each other and often creates a unique bond between them. During shiur, teachers lead students through a discussion of the prepared text. Students raise questions and difficulties; teachers explain these difficult areas and offer background, skills and methodology.
The Beit Midrash, which means “House of Learning,” is the focal point of the Conservative Yeshiva. In it, surrounded by reference books and each other, students and faculty learn. The buzz of the Beit Midrash is a unique, stimulating sound.
Though most of the texts will be encountered in their original language (Hebrew and Aramaic), English is the language of instruction, and students will have access to English translation of text when needed.
You can see the weekly schedules of Session 1 and Session 2 in their own tabs on this web page.
Thanks to our partners at Skilled Volunteers for Israel (SVI), and with the support of Repair the World, Summer Program students area able to volunteer in the morning or afternoon opposite EITHER Hebrew Ulpan OR Torah study. SVI finds meaningful volunteering opportunities that build on each volunteer’s particular skills and experience. Typically, volunteers work in the following areas:
- Education, Children, & Youth
- Poverty & Hunger
- Health Care & Medicine
- Non-Profit Organizational Development
- Human Rights
One Session* / Half-Day: $550** (choose one from below)
- Morning Ulpan
- Afternoon Torah Study
One Session* / Full-Day: $900** (choose one from below)
- Morning Ulpan + Afternoon Torah Study
- Morning Ulpan + Afternoon Volunteering
- Morning Volunteering + Afternoon Torah Study
One Session* / Part-Time: $375** (up to 3 afternoons of Torah Study a week)
* Participants who register for BOTH sessions will receive 30% off the lower-priced session.
** These are EARLY BIRD PRICES for those who register and pay their deposit up to one month before the Summer Session begins (May 20 for Session 1 or June 10 for Session 2). After that, prices go up to $635 for Half-Day, $1050 for Full-Day, and $435 for Part-Time.