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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.

Tuition

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

Full-Time (30 or more class hours): $5000
Half-Time (12-15 class hours) : $2500
Part-Time: (fewer than 12 class hours): $225 per hour

Students who register for both Fall and Spring semesters receive a discount of up to 10% of the combined tuition.

"Lishma Fellow" Merit-Based Scholarships

The Fuchsberg Center / Conservative Yeshiva offers a limited number of merit-based “Lishma Fellow” scholarships to high-potential students willing and able to make a maximum commitment to their year at the CY. Lishma Fellows receive a 90% reduction in their tuition and a living stipend of $400 per month for “Fellows” and up to $800 per month for “Advanced Fellows.” 

To be eligible, an applicant must hold a BA degree or higher with a minimum GPA of 3.2 from an accredited institution. “Fellow” candidates are then evaluated based on the degree to which they:

  • Have demonstrated Jewish community leadership in their college campus, youth movement, camp, and/or home communities.
  • Have participated in some kind of Jewish text-study framework in the last 5-10 years that has inspired their desire to study full-time.
  • Are willing and able to commit to full-time study at the CY and daily participation in the davening community.
  • Are willing and able to take on formal responsibility to contribute to the CY community welfare in a tangible way.
  • Are committed to serving a Jewish community in Israel or abroad immediately once their formal period of immersive learning ends.

Candidates to be “Advanced Fellows” are those who, in addition to all of the above:

  • Have completed a year or more of intensive Torah study at the CY or comparable institution.   
  • Possess strong synagogue skills and are willing and able to serve as “gabbaim” for the CY’s daily minyan.
  • Are willing and able to do limited teaching for visiting groups and/or assist fellow students with their synagogue skills or text learning.
  • Are willing and able to take a lead role among the Fellows.
Need-Based Financial Aid

The Conservative Yeshiva is committed to making immersive Torah study affordable for all those who seek it, and admission to the program is “need-blind.”

Following admission, the yeshiva accepts requests, via our online application, for a tuition reduction or special tuition payment schedule.

The request includes a declaration of the prior year’s income, current assets and financial obligations, availability of family/community support, and outside scholarships applied for and received (e.g. MASA or Yesod).

Evaluation of financial aid requests will take into account:

  • the country of origin and strength of the local economy
  • prior opportunities to do immersive Torah study
  • the ability to impact one’s  local community after their period of study, and
  • whether the learning is “lishma” (for it’s own sake) or is preparation for formal professional/academic study
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 (minimum of 4 months in length).

Both the Conservative Yeshiva Fall and Spring Semesters are approved for MASA. Those coming for the year must apply to each semester separately.

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.

Support for European Jewish Professionals & Community Volunteers

YESOD JEWISH LEARNING SCHOLARSHIPS

The Yesod Foundation is committed to supporting Jewish community professionals, educators and rabbis in Europe to expand and deepen their Jewish knowledge and skills in engaging with Jewish texts, traditions and ideas. As a result, Yesod offers scholarships to support current and future Jewish community professionals to enrich their Jewish knowledge and fluency.

The funding amount depends on the length of the programme:

  • Long-term programmes (6-12 months): $5,000-$15,000
  • Medium-term programmes (2-6 months): $3,000-$7,000
  • Short-term programmes (2-8 weeks): up to $2,000

To be eligible to apply for a Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarship, you must:

  • Have at least 6 months of experience as a paid professional of a Jewish organization in your community OR as a volunteer for a Jewish organization who is interested in becoming a paid professional in your community in the future.
  • Be at least 21 years old and hold a a BA degree or higher
  • Be a resident in one of the following countries and intend to continue living in Europe for at least the next 5 years:
    • Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

YESOD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

Through this fund Yesod supports Jewish community professionals and educators in Europe to develop their professional skills and Jewish fluency (Jewish knowledge, understanding, and how to apply it in your work).

Funds from $250 – $2,000 (US Dollars) will be awarded on a one-time basis for applications from eligible individuals in the calendar year. The funds must be spent within 8 months of receiving fund confirmation from Yesod. Funds will be paid directly to the organization, trainer or consultant providing the professional development service. Money will not be received directly by the applicant.

Funds will be awarded to Jewish community professionals and educators who:

  • Work professionally in Jewish organizations of all types, including (but not limited to) youth organizations, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), synagogues, welfare and cultural organizations. The work may be part-time, but should be at least 16 hours per week.
  • Are based in one of the following European countries:
    • Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Have at least 6 months of experience working professionally in the Jewish community.
  • Have not already had a successful application to this fund in the same calendar year.

Funds will not be granted for training/learning opportunities that have already taken place or for those that are already supported in other ways by the Yesod partner organisations.

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.

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

Fall 2019-20

Wed, September 4 – First Day of Fall Semester
Sun, September 29 – Erev Rosh HaShanah – No Yeshiva
Mon, September 30 – Rosh HaShanah – No Yeshiva
Tue, October 1 – Rosh HaShanah – No Yeshiva
Tue, October 8 – Erev Yom Kippur – No Yeshiva
Wed, October 9 – Yom Kippur – No Yeshiva
Sun, October 13 – Erev Sukkot – Sukkot Break Begins
Wed, October 23 – Yeshiva Back in Session
Mon, December 23 – Taamu Participants Arrive**
Thu, January 2 – Last Day of Fall Semester

** This will be the last required day of the semester for Rabbinical Students who are not receiving a MASA grant.
Note – Those receiving a MASA grant for Fall Semester must participate in the program from beginning to end (Sep 4 to Jan 2).
Spring 2020

Tue, January 14 – First Day of Spring Semester
Mon, March 9 – Erev Purim / Taanit Esther – No Yeshiva
Tue, March 10 – Purim – No Yeshiva
Wed, March 11 – Shushan Purim – Purim @ CY
Sun, April 5 – Pesach Break Begins
Sun, April 19 – Yeshiva Back in Session
Wed, April 29 – Yom HaAtzmaut – No Yeshiva
Thu, May 14 – Last Day of Spring Semester

Note – Those receiving a MASA grant for Spring Semester must participate in the program from beginning to end.

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
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