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Study at the Conservative Yeshiva focuses on traditional texts such as Talmud, Tanach, and Midrash, and on Jewish Philosophy and Prayer. Learning is conducted in the traditional yeshiva method (chevruta and shiur) with an openness to modern scholarship and students’ interests.

Four mornings per week are devoted to Talmud study. Our five levels of Talmud shiurim (classes) help students, from beginner to advanced, learn and improve their Talmud skills. The fifth morning of the week is devoted to Tanach (Bible). Afternoon classes include Tanach (Bible), Halacha (Jewish law), Mishnah (early Rabbinic text), Midrash (Biblical exegesis), Philosophy and more. The day formally ends with Ma’ariv, but many students choose to participate in evening learning, either in organized group sessions or in chevrutot on topics of their own interest.

Since students at the Conservative Yeshiva come from a diversity of backgrounds, they are encouraged to custom-make programs of study to suit their individual needs. Extra help is always available in order to allow each student to get the most out of his or her learning experience. The Beit Midrash 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.

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.

English is the basic language of instruction though some high level courses may be taught in Hebrew. Hebrew is important since it is the language of most of the traditional texts. Therefore, Year Program students should attain at least level “Bet” Hebrew skills, according to the Israeli ulpan rating system. For students below this level, we recommend Ulpan study prior to the start of the school year. The Conservative Yeshiva offers a six-week summer Ulpan for incoming and summer students.

Fall 2017

September 6: Orientation
September 10: First Day of Classes
September 15-16: Shabbaton
September 20-22: Erev/Rosh Hashana (No Classes)
September 24: Tzom Gedaliah (Regular Classes)
September 29-30: Erev Yom Kippur/Yom Kippur (No Classes)
October 4-14: Sukkot Break (No Classes)
October 15: Orientation for New Students, Regular Classes Resume
December 13-17: Hannukah Mini-Break (No Classes)
December 28- January 15: Semester Break (No Classes)

Full Academic Calendar 2017-18 (PDF)

Spring 2018

January 16: Second Semester Begins
March 1: Purim (No Classes)
March 2: Shushan Purim – Megillah, Seudah and Purim Shpiel
March 29 – April 8: Pesach Break (No Classes)
April 9: Regular Classes Resume
April 19: Yom Ha’atzmaut: No Classes
May 17: Last Day of Classes

Full Academic Calendar 2017-18 (PDF)

Tuition

Tuition is charged on a per semester basis and includes all student-related activities.

Full-Time (approx. 30-35 hours): $4000
Half-Time (15-20 hours) : $2500
Part-Time: $200 per hour

Students who register for both Fall and Spring semesters receive a 5% tuition reduction.

MASA Grants/Scholarships

The MASA program of the Jewish Agency awards grants and need-based scholarships to students aged 18-30 for study in an approved Israel program of at least 5 months.

The Conservative Yeshiva semester and year programs are approved for MASA.

Applications are available online at http://www.masaisrael.org/grants/apply. Note that part of the MASA application must be filed through the Conservative Yeshiva, once an applicant has been accepted.

Tuition Reduction, Living Stipends, & Financial Aid

The Conservative Yeshiva is committed to making immersive Torah study affordable for all those who seek it.

Where there is financial need, the yeshiva accepts requests for a tuition reduction or special tuition payment schedule.

Qualified full-time participants who are not currently enrolled in a rabbinic training program can receive a significant tuition reduction and/or living stipend by serving as a Lishma Fellow for the year.

Please contact Rabbi Andy Shapiro Katz, Director of North American Engagement, for details.

Loan Deferral & Other Sources of Support
Stafford Loan Deferment

If you already have Stafford Loans, you may arrange to have your payments deferred while you are studying at the Conservative Yeshiva. You must request a deferral form from your lender that will be signed by the Conservative Yeshiva after you begin your learning program.

Other Sources for Financial Aid

Your local Federation may be able to provide you with financial help for study in Israel.

Your synagogue, your family’s synagogue or your rabbi may also be able to provide you with funds or suggested sources of funding.

The Dorot Foundation offers yearlong scholarships for work and study in Israel. Their application deadline is usually in January.

Ramah Israel Programs offers a limited number of work/study scholarships for one semester of study at the Conservative Yeshiva to students with extensive camp staff experience. To find out more, email Ramah Israel about their Lilmod Ulelamed program.

The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Alisa Flatow, a 20-year-old student who was killed in a terrorist attack near the settlement of Kfar Darom on April 9, 1995. The Fund has been established to encourage others to follow in Alisa’s footsteps by studying Judaism at schools in the State of Israel. Awards are based on a combined merit and need basis. The intention of the Fund is to aid those students showing academic promise in religious studies and the need for financial assistance to pursue study in Israel. Please note the application deadline for the following fall is February 15!

The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Amy Adina Schulman, a 20-year-old student who died suddenly of an aneurysm during her third year at Rutgers University. Amy Adina had a strong commitment to social justice and Israel. The Fund has been established to encourage others to pursue the ideals of egalitarianism, civil rights, peace, dialogue, love of Israel, among others, to which Amy Adina was committed. Awards are merit based; however, financial need is also a consideration. The intention of the Fund is to aid those applicants who demonstrate a strong personal commitment to bettering the lives of others.

Residents of New York City, Westchester County, or Long Island may be eligible for free loans. Contact:
The Hebrew Free Loan Society
675 Third Avenue, #1905
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-687-0188
Fax: 212-682-1120

Throughout the year the CY has special days of learning and activities. Sometimes these events are focused around a holiday and other times they are focused on Israeli culture and life. Examples of special events include:

  • Yom Iyun (Dedicated Learning) for Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron
  • Tu B’Shvat Seder
  • Purim Megillah reading and a Shpiel organized by students
  • Tiyulim in Jerusalem and surrounding areas
  • Shabbatonim – 3 or 4 weekends during the year which consist of a trip to an area of interest around Israel followed by a community Shabbat