Summer Program
Summer Program FAQ

There is no typical student at Nishmat’s Summer Program. Our students come from all over the world, ranging in age from high school graduates to retirees. This diverse student body creates a warm, caring community for Torah study in a spirit of open inquiry.

Nishmat is unique in its combination of chevruta study and text-based learning. This allows students to grow independently, gaining textual skills and fostering authentic individual religious growth.

This year’s theme is Power, Leadership and Responsibility. We will explore these topics through the lens of Tanach, Gemara, Halacha, and Jewish Thought.

Yes, students can attend for one or two weeks if desired. Although you can best maximize your time by full time study, we know that this may not be a possibility for all women. We welcome part-time students who can commit to a consistent schedule. Please contact office@nishmat.net about part-time learning options.

Although you can best maximize your time at Nishmat by full time study, we know that this may not be a possibility for all women. We welcome part-time students who can commit to a consistent schedule. Please contact office@nishmat.net about part-time learning options.

Classes begin on Sunday July 5th.

By when do I have to register?

By June 28, 2020. In order to properly sort students into groups and levels we need time before the program begins.

The Summer Program is conducted in English, except for some classes in Hebrew at the advanced level.

No previous knowledge is necessary to attend, although ability to read Hebrew is helpful. While our classes are based on classic Jewish sources in Hebrew and Aramaic, translations are available. Our teachers and tutors will help you prepare the material using word lists and other techniques that will enhance your skills at every level.

The program director and Rosh Beit Midrash will be reach out to each student before the program begins, and will help you decide which level would be best for you.

No, these classes are live. At Nishmat we believe the connection to each student, as well as class discussions, are a big part of what makes the program special. An emphasis is put on helping each student with her personal skills which can be done best with live classes and tutoring.    

Please make sure to download Zoom (basic account) and have a working microphone and camera on your computer.

In each class the teacher who is hosting the class will pair up chevrutot to learn together and place them into virtual rooms. The teacher and tutors will go in and out of “rooms” guiding the learning and helping with any questions. You also have an option of asking for help from your “room” and the teacher gets a notice and comes in.

Nishmat’s summer program though virtual this year, puts an emphasis as always in each student’s individual growth and learning as well as forming a group community. The program director and Rosh Beit Midrash will be in touch with each student before classes begin to get to know them and help them choose the level best fit for them. In addition, they will continue to be in touch throughout the program (and many times stay in touch thereon) to be there as mentors and help tackle any religious or learning topics wished to discuss. The learning during the program is chevrutah based and guided with tutors geared to help each student grow in her learning skills. The community formed during the program sets the stage for lasting friendships with amazing women from all over the world.

Students are not allowed to share passwords. Registered students only are allowed to attend the classes.

After we have received your application, you should expect to receive an answer within two business days. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Tzipora office@nishmat.net

There is no typical student at Nishmat’s Summer Program. Our students come from all over the world, ranging in age from high school graduates to retirees. This diverse student body creates a warm, caring community for Torah study in a spirit of open inquiry.

Nishmat is unique in its combination of chevruta study and text-based learning. This allows students to grow independently, gaining textual skills and fostering authentic individual religious growth.

This year’s theme is Power, Leadership and Responsibility. We will explore these topics through the lens of Tanach, Gemara, Halacha, and Jewish Thought.

The Summer Program is conducted in English, except for some classes in Hebrew at the advanced level.

No previous knowledge is necessary to attend, although ability to read Hebrew is helpful. While our classes are based on classic Jewish sources in Hebrew and Aramaic, translations are available. Our teachers and tutors will help you prepare the material using word lists and other techniques that will enhance your skills at every level.

Nishmat students come from a variety of Jewish denominations. The common denominator is a desire for greater commitment in their Judaism. On the Nishmat campus, we request that all students respect the laws of kashrut and Shabbat.

Given the diversity of our student population, and in the interests of creating a safe space on campus for everyone, we prefer that the women in the program wear skirts to the knee and sleeves reaching the elbow.

Orientation is on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Classes begin on Sunday July 7th, although students may join mid-program.

Yes, students can attend for one or two weeks if desired.

Although you can best maximize your time at Nishmat by full time study, we know that this may not be a possibility for all women. We welcome part-time students who can commit to a consistent schedule. Please contact office@nishmat.net about part-time learning options.

We highly recommend the organized Shabbatonim for the first and third Shabbat of the program for those who wish to participate. The second Shabbat is free for you to visit family and friends. Hospitality can be arranged if needed.

Our dynamic madricha organizes tiyulim (hikes), Shabbatonim, and a range of social and cultural activities for our students.

Yes, there are weekly tiyulim in the greater Jerusalem area, and one longer tiyul.

After we have received your application, and letters of recommendation, you should expect to receive an answer within 14 business days. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Tzipora office@nishmat.net.

• Full 3 weeks (full time) – $800*
• Per Week Only (full-time) – $295*
• Dormitory – $550 (3 weeks), $185 (per week)*
* Discounts are available to alumnae who studied full-time for a full year at Nishmat as well as for Israeli citizens residing in Israel. These discounts will be explained upon acceptance to the program.

We offer financial aid based on need. For information, please email Tzipora office@nishmat.net

We understand and share the safety concerns of students and their families. We take all precautions to maximize safety while at Nishmat and during off-campus trips. Personal safety issues are discussed during orientation. There is a security guard on campus at Nishmat 24 hours a day. Our building is also equipped with video surveillance cameras. Students are able to enter with a security code; all other visitors may enter only when admitted by the reception desk.

Although our apartments are secure, we recommend that you keep passports, important documents and cash in the office safe. There is also a locked storeroom for larger items.