June 25 - July 25, 2019

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program

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Tuesday, June 25 – Thursday, July 25, 2019

Every summer, teens from around the world spend five memorable weeks together, building their knowledge and friendships at Drisha.

As a program participant you will have the chance to engage in serious study of Jewish texts beyond the scope of a high school classroom. You will develop your ability to analyze these essential texts, challenge yourself to ask questions and be an active participant in thought-provoking discussions.

Students at Drisha form a close bond as they immerse themselves in new experiences both in and out of the beit midrash. They are united by a love of Torah and a deep respect for each other’s perspectives. Summer in New York City is experienced through engagement with the arts, culture, sports, local festivals and by enjoying the vibe that NYC life has to offer. Conversations that begin over sacred texts transcend the physical walls of Drisha and continue while students ride the subways, jog the reservoir in Central Park, explore museums and experience the depth and sophistication of urban living.  Over the course of the academic year relationships continue to grow through alumni shiurim and events, online engagement through web-based learning, active social media channels, listservs and mid-year shabbatonim.

The program is housed downtown at The Bronfman Center at New York University, as part of NYU’s Summer High School programming, giving our students the opportunity to draw upon the resources of a world class university as they immerse themselves in the study of classical and contemporary Jewish texts. Students live in an NYU dorm and have access to campus library, gym, and resources.

Cost: Funding for this program is provided by grants and by donations from several of our generous donors. Admitted students may be eligible for a fellowship for study. The cost of subsidized room and board for 2019 is $900. (need-based financial assistance available).

To apply please click here for the application and here for the recommendation form.

Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until March 15.

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 one block from both Central Park and Lincoln Center 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.


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