Full Time Programs, Drisha Archives

Drisha’s Full-Time Program ran from 1984 to 2014.

We offer a variety of Torah classes; please click here for our current offerings.


Women from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, are attracted to the intellectual rigor and personalized attention they receive through the Yesodot, Beit Midrash, or Scholars Circle classes. Join us for the unparalleled experience of studying our tradition in our open and respectful learning environment.

The full time programs run from September through May. Students may apply for a second year of study and, if appropriate, may advance to the next level.

Full time students may be awarded a tuition waiver and/or living stipend.


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Women build skills in Biblical Hebrew and Jewish text study in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. Classes are taught in biblical Hebrew, parshanut (biblical interpretation), Jewish law, and Talmud. Students prepare in havruta (with a partner) and then attend a shiur (class).

Prerequisites for admission include knowledge of Hebrew print and vowels.

Beit Midrash- Devorah LevineBeit Midrash Program
The Drisha Beit Midrash program affords qualified women the opportunity to engage in life-transforming, full time Jewish learning. Whether taking a year off to learn Torah lishma (for the sake of learning) or testing out a potential career path, the study of Talmud, halakhah and Tanakh through the Beit Midrash program will prove to be a rewarding experience. Classes have a strong emphasis on havruta (partner) learning.

Prerequisites for admission include prior experience studying Chumash with traditional commentaries and sufficient background to study Talmud using the Vilna Shas edition.

havruta Gila, Rachel, Ally, Reyzl compressedScholars Circle
The Drisha Scholars Circle was the first multi-year, certificate program in Talmud and Jewish Law for women in the world and remains among the most advanced and intensive programs of its kind. Women who are devoted to a lifetime of Jewish learning and teaching strengthen their skills and prepare to serve the community as Jewish educators and Jewish communal professionals.

Classes have a strong emphasis on havruta (partner) learning. In the three year cycle, study covers Niddah, Shabbat and Kashrut, as well as leadership training and experiential programming. The Drisha Scholars Circle Certificate is awarded upon completion of the three-year program.

Prerequisites for admission include extensive experience studying Chumash , facility with Gemara, Rishonim and Poskim, and knowledge of Talmudic concepts.

Graduates have gone on to teach in a variety of settings, including day schools, synagogues, and adult education programs in the United States and Israel. Many alumni are prominent leaders in the Jewish community, addressing issues at public forums, developing school curriculum, and shaping new initiatives that foster spiritual growth and knowledge.

Anna Schon performance 2007-8Arts Fellowship
Professional women in the arts develop skills to interpret classical Jewish texts and integrate Jewish thought and philosophy into their various artistic expressions. They study full or part time in the Yesodot, Beit Midrash, or Scholars Circle programs and engage together in targeted thematic text study in a weekly Artists’ Beit Midrash. Please click here for more information on the Arts Fellowship.