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Drisha Kollel

Join a community of intensive learning, fellowship, tefilla and service.

The Kollel is open to college students and recent graduates (graduate and rabbinical students included), women and men.

Apply for the full two-month program
or for either session one 
or session two.

For more information, email drishakollel@gmail.com or call Neesa Berezin-Bahr at 212-595-0307. Click here to apply.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis through March 29, 2018. Applications received after March 29th will be considered as space allows.

Click here for a list of 2017 Kollel faculty.

“Drisha’s Beit Midrash is truly a one of a kind place. Every time I walked inside, I could feel the energy being generated all around me by the combined passion of the incredible faculty and inspiring students. Drisha provided me not only with a wonderful place to learn, but with a place where I could grow as a human being in general and as a Jew in particular. I can’t wait to be back!”
-Steve Gotlib, Kollel 2016

DAILY SCHEDULE- 2017:
7:30 am: Hakhana litfilla (at least one day each week)
8:15 am: Shacharit
9 am: Breakfast
9:30 am – 1 pm: Talmud seder
1 – 2:15 pm: Lunch
2:15 pm: Mincha
2:45 – 5:30 pm: Choice of courses
5:30 -6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 -9 pm: Night seder and Ma’ariv (Tuesday and Thursday)

“Drisha’s beit midrash is a place that I can return to time and again to study and learn. My time spent learning at Drisha increased my love of advanced Torah learning and allowed me to forge connections with incredible people. These connections still remain strong today.”
-Ilana Gadish, Kollel 2010 & 2011

june kollel 2016- yael outside- compressedThe Drisha Kollel consists of a core curriculum of intensive Torah study, tefilla, and service. Each morning, shacharit begins at 8:15am. Beginning at 7:30am, we offer a variety of choices for hakhana litfilla (preparation for prayer). Past workshops have included analysis of the liturgy, study of chasidic texts about prayer, singing of nigunim, and meditation. Each workshop meets one day a week for an entire session; fellows commit to at least one weekly workshop each session. Breakfast follows shacharit. Morning seder focuses on intensive Talmud study, with shiurim offered on different levels. After mincha, fellows choose from a selection of two-week courses. Past offerings have included shiurim on Tanakh, halakha, Mishpat Ivri, philosophy, and Jewish spiritual practices. Both morning and afternoon sedarim include chavruta study as well as shiur.  There is night seder (followed by ma’ariv) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as optional evening programming on some Wednesdays. The beit midrash remains open every night for those who want to continue to study.

June Kollel 2016- midnight run compressed 2On a rotating schedule, fellows will staff the Ansche Chesed and Bnai Jeshurun Homeless Shelters and/or participate in Midnight Runs (midnightrun.org). An introduction to each of these programs will be provided, and we will learn from experts on homelessness over the course of the Kollel.

The Kollel will hold a Shavuot retreat during the first session as well as a Shabbat haKollel during the second session.

June Kollel 2016 015- compressedFellows will design and implement a Baderekh project, an initiative, either on their campus or in their home community to advance Torah, avoda, and/or gemilut chasadim. (Examples might include organizing a new learning initiative or new minyan or developing a community service project.) Proposed projects are subject to the approval of Kollel staff. Upon implementation of the initiative, fellows will submit a brief report describing the project, evaluating its effectiveness, and reflecting on what they have learned from it.

“My Drisha experience impacted me in setting the groundwork for how I view the role of a Beit Midrash in a community. On my own campus, I think of ways to expand the walls of the Beit Midrash, ways to bring the Beit Midrash to others, and most importantly, ways to ensure that the outside community, its values and concerns, are brought into the Beit Midrash.”
-Raymond Habbaz, Kollel 2013 & 2014