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Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Testimonials

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“I liked how we just got to inhale the Torah and taste it.”
-Summer 2014 participant
“I met such educated people who I highly respected. The “go and learn the sources” attitude made all the conversations so much more meaningful. We were also allowed to get frustrated with the Torah and it was okay. We got to talk about morals in the Torah.   I did not expect to get this much meaning out of only five weeks but I did and I am still shellshocked from the experience.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“I loved Torah before but now I feel that I love it and Torah loves me back. It is very hard to feel that feeling in school when you must take notes and get tested.  Drisha let me ask “the big questions” and gave me responses while also showing me how much there is still to learn.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“At Drisha I learned that big questions don’t usually have answers.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“I LOVED havruta time, the independence of it and our ability to truly conquer a sugya.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“I loved being with people with the same values as mine who loved learning.”
– Eden Farber, Atlanta, GA, Winter 2010 & 2011, Summer 2012
“My daughter enjoyed an amazing summer at Drisha in NY and I can truly say it was a life-changing experience… This program made a significant contribution to her love of Torah and enabled her to spend a summer in a very worthwhile manner.”
– Susan Wolf, Alon Shvut, Israel
“I came with a lot of religious questions and expected to find answer for them.  Instead I found more questions which I think is even better.  Learning is never done, it’s a long-lasting process.  Drisha not only made me think but also gave me the tools to open books and find my own answers.”
– Hallel Rabinowitz, Jerusalem, Summer 2012
“Certain experiences in life stay with you forever.  Drisha is one of these experiences. After attending Jewish schools all my life, I was longing to expand my religious studies beyond the classroom.  Drisha seemed the perfect place, in a city known for its Jewish population and culture.  Former Drisha participants assured me I would make friends for life and gain a new perspective on Talmud Torah.  They were right.Still, I never anticipated the incredible group of people I would meet from all religious and geographic backgrounds.  Our teachers were wonderful and enthusiastic about getting to know us and be our mentors. Whether we were studying Talmud, Midrashim, or Tanakh, our teachers helped us see the texts through new eyes and learn how to learn.Outside of class, we developed relationships with those less fortunate, and volunteered to help the surrounding community, giving food to the homeless, painting a mural in a Harlem hospital, and visiting the elderly.One of the remarkable things about Drisha is that you never truly leave.  You always have a group of peers and mentors to rely on.  On a summer visit to the East Coast,  I met with several of my Drisha alumni and often stayed at their homes for lunch or Shabbat.  On my class trip to Israel, I visited with friends from Drisha who had either made aliyah or come for a visit, and I spent my free weekend at the apartment of my former teacher. Drisha has truly become my family, and opens its doors to nourish the love of learning in Jewish women around the world.”
– Mitzi Steiner, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2004 & 2005

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