Apply to the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha Summer High School Program by March 15th

Drisha Kollel

June 29 - July 24, 2020

Join a community of intensive learning, fellowship, tefila and service!

The Drisha Summer Kollel is a rigorous, immersive program of Torah study, prayer and communal service. 

Now in its 11th year, the Drisha Summer Kollel is proud to offer a four-week Talmud Intensive.  In the context of our regular schedule, we will dedicate all our Torah study to different elements of the Talmud and diverse perspectives on Talmud study.  For students with more limited experience, this is a chance to build independence in Talmud study with our skills-focused approach.   More advanced students will engage in in-depth analysis of different darkhei ha-limmud (approaches to Talmud study) and learn methods for developing sugyot to teach.

Due to social distancing restrictions, this summer’s Kollel will take place entirely on our online platform.  Despite the limitations of this format, we are excited to have a chance to develop a virtual beit midrash, enabling students from far and wide to share in Drisha’s distinctive approach to learning.

How to Participate

  • Full-time fellows: Students who are able to commit to a full day of study will join a diverse cohort in building an on-line community.  In addition to morning and afternoon classes, the program will include hakhanah le-tefillah (prayer workshops) and special lectures on a wide range of topics related to Talmud study.
  • Part-time students: Students who are not able to commit to a full-time program are welcome to join us for either morning or afternoon classes.

Registration Information

Submit an online application for either full-time or part-time registration.

Our Classes

  • Morning Talmud classes (4 weeks | June 29 – July 24) are divided into 3 skill levels, and include study time with a chavruta (study partner).  All students are asked to commit to the entire 4-week course.
  • Afternoon elective classes (two 2-week sessions | June 29 – July 9, July 13-23) are open to students of all skill levels.   See Details 
  • Special lectures will be scheduled throughout the summer and are open to all (pre-registration required)


Morning shiur, 4 weeks $300
Afternoon only, 2 week sessions. $125 per session
$500 for whole program. 

Full-time fellows are eligible for a full tuition waiver.  Part-time students are asked to make the suggested contribution for each course or to pay what they can afford.

Should you have questions regarding your eligibility, please email [email protected]

For more information, email [email protected] or call 212-595-0307.

Kollel Faculty

Click here for a list of Kollel faculty.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:45 am – 8:30 am Hakhanah le-tefillah (prayer workshops) – students commit to at least one day a week
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Talmud seder (class & chavruta)
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Elective classes – two 2-week sessions
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Special shiurim, guest lectures, discussion groups – 2-3 times a week
  • Note: Time is EDT

What past participants are saying…

“Drisha’s Beit Midrash is truly a one of a kind place. Every time I walked inside, I could feel the energy being generated all around me by the combined passion of the incredible faculty and inspiring students. Drisha provided me not only with a wonderful place to learn, but with a place where I could grow as a human being in general and as a Jew in particular. I can’t wait to be back!”
-Steve Gotlib, Kollel 2016

My Drisha experience impacted me in setting the groundwork for how I view the role of a Beit Midrash in a community. On my own campus, I think of ways to expand the walls of the Beit Midrash, ways to bring the Beit Midrash to others, and most importantly, ways to ensure that the outside community, its values and concerns, are brought into the Beit Midrash.”
-Raymond Habbaz, Kollel 2013 & 2014

“From the moment I arrived in the Kollel, the atmosphere of learning, conversation and friendship really embraced me. Drisha fosters an environment where those of a huge range of ability and backgrounds can learn together respectfully, encouraging everyone to add their voice to the Torah unfolding before us. The teaching and scholarship here is excellent, and I leave shiurim feeling challenged. I also hugely enjoy the music which pervades the air, from the kumtzitz on Thursday evenings, to the hachanat ltefila class on niggunim. And it’s not only the music which pervades the air, but also deep and interesting conversations, complementing the classes. In short, it is a fantastic way to spend your summer!”

–Hannah Cowen, Kollel 2017

Drisha’s beit midrash is a place that I can return to time and again to study and learn. My time spent learning at Drisha increased my love of advanced Torah learning and allowed me to forge connections with incredible people. These connections still remain strong today.”
-Ilana Gadish, Kollel 2010 & 2011

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