Dr. Beth Samuels High School Summer Program
For over thirty years, every summer, young women from around the world have gathered in our New York City Beit Midrash for five weeks of immersive and intensive textual study, building both knowledge and friendship over a shared passion for intellectually engaged and spiritually rich Torah study.
With all the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer we are hoping to create a closed pod of a Beit Midrash away from the city. Our location is still a work in progress, but we are hoping to find ourselves a beautiful venue where we will have ample space to hold programming and meals outdoors and dorms that would allow for a quarantine period, if necessary. Our health protocol will not be settled until closer to the summer, but we will work in lockstep with other Jewish camps as well as complying with government recommendations and the advice of experts.
In our Beit Midrash, students will have the opportunity to learn with top educators and scholars and engage in serious study of Jewish texts beyond the scope of a high school classroom. They will develop the ability to analyze these essential texts, be challenged to ask questions and be active participants in thought-provoking discussions. In the evenings, students will have the opportunity to explore questions that speak to their personal interests.
Outside of the Beit Midrash, while we cannot take advantage of all that New York City typically offers our program, instead we will enjoy outdoor summer activities– and, most importantly– spending quality, in-person time with peers.
Students at Drisha are united by a love of Torah and a deep respect for each other’s perspectives. Be part of our Beit Midrash.
Join our vibrant community this summer and learn with like-minded peers and master Jewish educators.
Who is eligible?
The program and learning is open to all young women currently in high school. (Having finished grade 9).
The program will run from from late June through the end of July. Precise dates to be determined.
MENTORS 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.
EXPLORE 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.
DISCOVER NEW YORK.
Located 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.
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.