Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Testimonials

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“I can’t eveChani Farbern explain my gratitude for this program. It was such an enriching experience for me, and I had a great time both learning and exploring NYC… Meeting new people with the will and strong desire to learn Torah made me realize how I need to make it a bigger part of my life and I am committed to making that happen. Thank you for giving me this amazing experience.”
-Chani Farber,  Ra’anana, Israel, AMIT (Summer 2017)
Meirit Cohen“This has been the best summer I’ve ever had. It was empowering, uplifting and enlightening. My teachers have inspired me and taught me how to think differently. My friends and I have bonded over a mutual love of learning Torah. Over the course of my time at Drisha, I learned that it is my own responsibility to learn Torah and not that of my teachers or parents. It’s mine, and mine alone. I have decided to take it upon myself to learn a whole masekhet of gemara outside of what I learn in school. I am eager to take the techniques and skills that I have acquired over the course of the past five weeks and use them to further my learning in school and in life as I continue to think, learn and grow.”
– Meirit Cohen, Brookline, MA, Maimonides School (Summer 2017)
Batya Sarna“My experience this summer at Drisha was incredible beyond words. I expected an immersive learning experience, but what I gained was so much more. The friendships, values, and skills I gained will stay with me forever. I have been incredibly inspired by learning in the beit midrash. Seeing so many people who were so different and learning separate texts all were united for their love, passion, and animation for Torah learning. When I return from Drisha, I hope to remain motivated and confident to learn on my own. Drisha gave me the opportunity to have an environment where I could stumble over texts and not get judged. Drisha was a place where everyone was supportive of you when you weren’t always confident in yourself. It taught me that doing things out of your comfort zone is crucial to growth and development. I hope to remember that for the rest of my life and learning experiences.”
-Batya Sarna, SAR (Summer 2017)
Avital Fink“Drisha was a unique experience. I gained Gemara skills and Jewish knowledge while simultaneously building relationships with friends and teachers and growing as a person. I really believe that I could not have gotten such a positive Jewish learning experience anywhere else.”
-Avital Fink, Silver Spring, MD, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy (Summer 2017)
“I was privileged to be in an environment in which people want to learn and grow and think deeply about the world. The learning was stimulating, challenging, and thought-provoking. The girls on the program were some of the most kind, thoughtful, and compassionate people I’ve been able to meet. By virtue of being part of a group of girls who take responsibility for their own Torah learning, who are legitimately passionate about learning and growth in the religious realm, I’ve been inspired to put effort into my own learning and not just rely on opportunities given to me to learn.”
-Zoe Korelitz, Huntington Woods, MI, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (Summer 2017)
Roshana Balog“I would describe my experience in Drisha as one of the most enriching experiences I ever had. What was revealed to me was a whole new aspect of Judaism and religiosity. I discovered a love in Talmud that I never knew existed in me…”
-Roshana Balog, Yad Binyamin, Israel, Pelech School for Girls Kiryat Ekron (Summer 2017)
Arava Kutner“What I experienced this summer was life-changing. To learn something that I love so much, in such an immersive, with such wonderful girls, resulted in an experience that I will never forget. I was most inspired by the experience of havruta that was such a central part of the program. It felt so different from school. The girls are incredibly smart and I was inspired by them, even at the hard times, to push myself. The most important lesson I learned this summer is to not make assumptions without previous knowledge.”
-Arava Kutner, Jerusalem, Israel, Pelech Jerusalem (Summer 2017)
Feiga Werner“… At Drisha, I became more of who I am. I developed as a person. I became a stronger individual. I made friendships that will last a lifetime… I grew at Drisha in a way that I am constantly discovering. I feel that I became a better listener, a better friend, a better Jew, a better person.”
-Feiga Werner, Toronto, Canada, Ulpana Orot (Summer 2017)
Shvut Stav“למדתי מהבנות כאן- כמה חשוב לפרגן וכמה זה מוסיף לאווירה נחמדה”. -שבות סתיו,שהם, ישראל, אולפנת בהר”ן, י”ב”
I learned from the girls here- how important it is to encourage each other and how much it adds to the atmosphere”
-Shvut Stav, Shoham, Israel, Ulpena Baharan (Summer 2017)
“Drisha was a no-judgement zone for me. No matter what community I was from, or what minyan I davenned in, we respected each other because of our differences. I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet girls from all over, from all different backgrounds.”
-Summer 2017 participant



“Drisha is an inspiring, empowering, and accepting place. It is truly life changing. I hope to become a leader in my community, using the tools and knowledge I have been so lucky to learn. The summer I spent at Drisha will never be forgotten.”
– Gabrielle Buch, Hillside, NJ, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (Summer 2016)
“At Drisha I’ve been exposed to people and ideas that I likely would never have stumbled across on my own. I have had so many fantastic opportunities- both in and out of the classroom- to broaden not only my exposure to Judaism, but to the world at large.”
– Naomi Horn, Nashville, TN, Hume Fogg Academic Magnet School (Summer 2016)
“It is really refreshing to learn with a group of people so excited about Judaism and learning- both teachers and students.”
– Miriam Kunin, UK, Gateways School (Summer 2016)
“Drisha is where I learned how to learn, something incredibly helpful for my year studying in Israel. I learned how to navigate a Beit Midrash, read rishonim, and look things up in different dictionaries. Even more so, I grew as a person.”
– Lizzie Janssen, Skokie, IL, gap year student at Beit Midrash Migdal Oz, (Summer 2014, 2016)


“I liked how we just got to inhale the Torah and taste it.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“I met such educated people who I highly respected. The “go and learn the sources” attitude made all the conversations so much more meaningful. We were also allowed to get frustrated with the Torah and it was okay. We got to talk about morals in the Torah.   I did not expect to get this much meaning out of only five weeks but I did and I am still shellshocked from the experience.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“I loved Torah before but now I feel that I love it and Torah loves me back. It is very hard to feel that feeling in school when you must take notes and get tested.  Drisha let me ask “the big questions” and gave me responses while also showing me how much there is still to learn.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“At Drisha I learned that big questions don’t usually have answers.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“I LOVED havruta time, the independence of it and our ability to truly conquer a sugya.”
– Summer 2014 participant
“I came with a lot of religious questions and expected to find answer for them.  Instead I found more questions which I think is even better.  Learning is never done, it’s a long-lasting process.  Drisha not only made me think but also gave me the tools to open books and find my own answers.”
– Hallel Rabinowitz, Jerusalem, Pelech (Summer 2012)
“I loved being with people with the same values as mine who loved learning.”
– Eden Farber, Atlanta, GA, Yeshiva Atlanta (Winter 2010, 2011 & 12, Summer 2012)
“My daughter enjoyed an amazing summer at Drisha in NY and I can truly say it was a life-changing experience… This program made a significant contribution to her love of Torah and enabled her to spend a summer in a very worthwhile manner.”
– Susan Wolf, mother of Avia Wolf, Alon Shvut, Israel, Summer 2011
“Certain experiences in life stay with you forever.  Drisha is one of these experiences. I never anticipated the incredible group of people I would meet from all religious and geographic backgrounds.  Our teachers were wonderful and enthusiastic about getting to know us and be our mentors. Whether we were studying Talmud, Midrashim, or Tanakh, our teachers helped us see the texts through new eyes and learn how to learn. One of the remarkable things about Drisha is that you never truly leave.  You always have a group of peers and mentors to rely on.  On a summer visit to the East Coast,  I met with several of my Drisha alumni and often stayed at their homes for lunch or Shabbat.  On my class trip to Israel, I visited with friends from Drisha who had either made aliyah or come for a visit, and I spent my free weekend at the apartment of my former teacher. Drisha has truly become my family, and opens its doors to nourish the love of learning in Jewish women around the world.”
– Mitzi Steiner, Los Angeles, CA, Shalhevet (Summer 2004 & 2005 & Drishat Shalom Fellowship)

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