June 22 - July 22, 2021
Join our vibrant community this summer and learn with like-minded peers and master Jewish educators.
Every summer since 1988, young women from around the world have gathered in our New York City Beit Midrash for four 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 planning to run our Beit Midrash away from the city, with the humble understanding that until the world is cured of COVID-19, all future plans are aspirational. For now, we plan to run our program at the Labadorf Learning Center in West Milford, New Jersey. This beautiful, woodsy venue 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 can assure you that at Drisha we are machmir on the Torah’s obligation to protect human life and therefore our health and safety protocols will be at and above industry standards within the Jewish camping world. The Labadorf Learning Center is located on an ACA accredited camp, and we will be complying with all ACA staffing and safety requirements. The center has a private kitchen which we will run and supervise as a Kosher kitchen to the highest standards.
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.
Who is eligible?
The program and learning is open to all young women currently in high school. (Having finished grade 9).
At Drisha our goal is to ensure that Torah is accessible to all, and as such our tuition reflects a deeply discounted price of $1,500 to help toward costs of room and board. Further need-based scholarship opportunities are available. Contact Rabbanit Leah Sarna for details. We also welcome all donations and sponsorships beyond the discounted price.
The Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha Summer High School Program is directed by Rabbanit Leah Sarna. Each summer we hire an exceptional education and programmatic staff including madrichot who live with the girls and form life-long bonds as role models and mentors.
Some of the educators who have taught in this program in the past few years include: Rabbi Daniel Reifman, Ms. Sara Gordon, Rabba Wendy Amsellem, Rabbanit Nechama Goldman-Barash, Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier, Ms. Daphna Nitzan, Rabbi David Silber, Naomi Schneck, Dr. Orit Avnery, Rabbi Dan Margulies, Rabbi Dr. Jesse Ableman, Dr. Rachel Rosenthal, Ms. Tamar Benus.
How to apply?
Applications are due March 15th, 2021 and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received after March 15th will be considered as space allows.
Your application will be reviewed upon receipt of all of the following:
- Completed application form
- Two letters of recommendation.
Applications and Recommendation Forms can be accessed through the same “Apply Now” link below. Both applicant and recommender will be prompted to login or create an individual account to complete the application and/or recommendation letter.
Finalists will be contacted for an interview.
For more information please contact: [email protected]
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.
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!