Drisha Kollel: Talmud Intensive

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

Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 24, 2020

Applications can be found here.

The Drisha Summer Kollel is a rigorous, immersive program of Torah study, prayer and communal service.  Kollel fellows spend their days engrossed in Torah study, sharing minyanim and classes on tefillah, and participating in projects serving the homeless population in New York City. In this way, students from across the Jewish spectrum come together for a few weeks to build a community unlike any other.

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.  Throughout the program, teachers and guest lecturers will explore a wide range of topics related to Talmud, including rabbinic narratives, midrash halakhah, and modern legal theory.

Who:The Kollel is open to college students and recent graduates, including graduate and rabbinical school students and young professionals. Applicants should have prior experience studying biblical and rabbinic texts in the original languages. Courses are offered at a variety of levels, from advanced-beginner to advanced.

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

When:  Monday, June 29, 2020 – Friday, July 24, 2020

Where:The Kollel will be held at the NYU Bronfman Center, 7 E 10th St., New York.

Funding: Drisha Summer Kollel fellows are eligible for a $500 living stipend, conditional on participation in all aspects of the program.   Further funding, up to an additional $500, is available based on financial need (e.g., for students without free or low-cost housing in the New York City area).

Application Deadline: To guarantee consideration, candidates should submit their applications by April 1. Thereafter applications will be accepted as space allows.

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

We are also hiring an Intern (part-time Kollel participant/part-time employee) and an Assistant Program Director for the summer. Please see our Careers page for more information.

Click here for a list of Kollel faculty.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
7:30 am: Hakhana litfila (at least one day each week)
8:15 am: Shacharit
9:00 am: Breakfast
9:30 am – 1 pm: Talmud seder
1:00 – 2:15 pm: Lunch
2:15 pm: Mincha
2:45 – 5:30 pm: Choice of courses
5:30 -6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 -9 pm: Night seder and Ma’ariv (Tuesday and Thursday)

“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
“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
“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