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June 27-July 28, 2017

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Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program

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Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, July 28, 2017

Every summer, teens from around the world spend five memorable weeks together, building their knowledge and friendships at Drisha Institute.

As a program participant, you will have the chance to engage in serious study of Jewish topics and texts beyond the scope of a high school classroom. You will develop your ability to analyze these essential texts, challenge yourself to ask questions and engage in thought-provoking discussions.

Students at Drisha form a close bond as they immerse themselves in new experiences both in and out of the beit midrash. They are united by a love of Torah and a deep respect for each other’s perspectives. Summer in New York City is experienced through art, culture, sports, local festivals and by enjoying the vibe that NYC life has to offer. Memories are recorded in a yearbook and over the course of the year relationships continue to grow through social media channels, listservs and mid-year shabbatonim.

Cost: Funding for this program is provided by grants from several of our generous donors. Admitted students will receive a full fellowship.

To apply please download an application and recommendation form and mail them to Drisha Institute 37 W 65th Street NY, NY 10023, fax to 212-595-0679 or email Shira Hecht-Koller.

Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information contact Shira Hecht-Koller, Director of Communal Engagement at Drisha



samuels program- compressedLEARNING FOR ITS OWN SAKE.
Together with other motivated, engaged students, ask questions and pursue ideas in Talmud, Tanakh, Halakha, and Philosophy with teachers who share your interest and love for learning.


compressed for website- teacher and studentsMENTORS AND ROLE MODELS.
Students and faculty learn from one another in the beit midrash and out. Many of our teachers have studied at Drisha, and most teach at Yeshivot, day schools and universities in the US and Israel.


dvar torah worskshopEXPLORE YOUR OWN QUESTIONS.
Why would God want Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? Did Ishmael deserve to be banished? How can Pharoah be punished if God hardened his heart?  You will choose a topic that intrigues you, and investigate it with a faculty advisor.


metropolitan musem of art- compressedDISCOVER NEW YORK.
Located one block from both Central Park and Lincoln Center in Manhattan, Drisha provides participants with many unique New York experiences such as Shakespeare in the Park, visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, biking on Governor’s Island, walks across the Brooklyn Bridge as well as outdoor concerts in city parks.


community lunch 5CREATE COMMUNITY.
An integral part of the High School Program is the dormitory where our students and madrichot live together, creating bonds that last beyond their short time at Drisha.  Dorm life includes highlights such as color war, sushi making night, cupcake decorating, end of the summer pool party and more!

Click here to read about Dr. Beth Samuels, z”l, for whom the program is named.

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