The Drisha Scholars Circle was the first multi-year, certificate program in Talmud and Jewish Law for women in the world and remains among the most advanced and intensive programs of its kind. Women who wanted to devote their time to a lifetime of Jewish learning and teaching strengthened their skills and prepared to serve the community as Jewish educators and Jewish communal professionals.
Classes had a strong emphasis on havruta (partner) learning. In the three year cycle, study covered Niddah, Shabbat and Kashrut, as well as leadership training and experiential programming. The Drisha Scholars Circle Certificate was awarded upon completion of the three-year program.
Prerequisites for admission included extensive experience studying Chumash , facility with Gemara, Rishonim and Poskim, and knowledge of Talmudic concepts.
Graduates have gone on to teach in a variety of settings, including day schools, synagogues, and adult education programs in the United States and Israel. Many alumni are prominent leaders in the Jewish community, addressing issues at public forums, developing school curriculum, and shaping new initiatives that foster spiritual growth and knowledge.