June 29 - July 23, 2020

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program – in our virtual Beit Midrash

Monday, June 29 – Thursday, July 23, 2020

For over thirty years, every summer, young women from around the world have gathered in our 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.

This summer we will be creating our Beit Midrash community over a virtual platform with interactive learning and havruta taking place on Zoom. Though we will be physically distant, through our learning we will be spiritually close. 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.

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 including:

Who is eligible?

The program and learning is open to all young women currently in high school. (Having finished grade 9).

Program Dates

The program will run from Monday June 29 through Thursday July 23 with shiur and classes meeting Monday through Thursday. There will be no classes on Friday.


There will be two core components to the learning this summer. 
9:30 am – 11:30 am (M-Th) – Talmud Shiur including havruta
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm (M-Th) – Specialty Classes
All times are Eastern Daylight Time

Specialty classes will each run for one week (M-Th) for four weeks.

Specialty Week 1 (M-Th, June 29-July 2, 1-2:15 pm) – Who am I? Identity in Biblical Narratives, taught by Shira Hecht-Koller, Esq

Specialty Week 2 – (M-Th, July 6-9, 1-2:15 pm) – Rabbi Akiva and His Students: Resistance and Resilience, taught by R. Aliza Sperling

Specialty Week 3 – (M-Th, July 13-16, 1-2:15 pm) – Being a Good Person: Halakha and Ethics, taught by R. Dr. Shlomo Zuckier

Specialty Week 4 – (M-Th, July 20-23, 1-2:15 pm) – Founding Father: The Narratives of Avraham, taught by R. David Silber

You may sign up for the Talmud shiur* independent of the classes, and may join any and all of the classes even if you are not learning in the Talmud shiur. Each week of specialty class will be taught by a different teacher and is an independent unit.

*The expectation is that those who learn in the daily Talmud shiur are committed to learning with us every day for four weeks. You will be paired with a havruta by our educational staff.

Registration Fee

Funding for this program is provided by grants and by donations from several of our generous donors. Please consider supporting our students today.


Fill out this form and one of our staff members will be in touch with you. For more information please contact: [email protected]

HS 2017 havrutot- compressedMENTORS 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.

hs 2017 learning alone- compressedEXPLORE 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.

hs 2017 library compressedDISCOVER 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.

ice cream- compressedCREATE COMMUNITY.
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.