ערב שיח ולימוד - אלול תשע"ה
Each year, over sixty young Israeli women and approximately twenty from the States and the EU study together at Midreshet Ein Hanatziv (the Midrasha) in our two flagship programs, "Ma'ayan" and "Yuval." Ma’ayan is a three-year program designed for young women who wish to combine a period of serious and significant Torah study with a full term of service in the Israel Defense Forces. Yuval is a one year program geared towards young women from Israel and abroad who seek a significant experience of intense Torah study upon the completion of their high school education.
The Ma’ayan and Yuval programs meet the needs of a growing group of young women who wish to combine their commitment to Torah and Jewish tradition with their connection to Am Israel, Israeli society, and the future of Zionism and Jewish values.
These programs equip our young women students with the knowledge and tools needed to immerse themselves in Torah learning and enhance their spiritual world, thus significantly increasing the women's ability to contribute to their communities and social circles in the future.
At the Midrasha, Torah study is characterized by the breadth of opinions it presents, and the opportunities it provides by encouraging each student to share personal insights and experiences that may shed new light on the subjects at hand.
The main objectives of these programs are:
· Development of skills for independent Tanach and Talmud learning and the acquisition of tools for the analyzing the text and content of the topics studied.
· Acquaintance with a range of different approaches and streams in classic and contemporary Jewish philosophy.
· Acquisition of halachic knowledge, particularly related to contemporary issues and challenges faced by Jewish women in the 21rst century.
One of the unique elements of these programs is the connection created between students from different backgrounds and countries. The meeting of minds that takes place between our diverse student population over the course of the year is a significant experience for each young woman and addresses one of the most important challenges in our current Jewish world.
Our students live in dormitories on beautiful Kibbutz Ein Hanatziv in the Valley of Springs, and enjoy the special atmosphere created by the valley and its residents. Students are hosted by Kibbutz families and have the opportunity to create personal relationships with both members of the Kibbutz and members of the Midrasha staff.
In addition to their studies, our students volunteer. They work with children and youth at risk, the disabled, the elderly and more.
Midreshet Ein Hanatziv has been offering these unique program for more than three decades. We are proud of the significant impact made by our hundreds of graduates in many facets of life in Israel and abroad.
Giving Opportunity: Financial scholarships totaling $30,000 are available to students, as needed. These funds are raised annually by friends and supporters of the Midrasha.
Midreshet Ein Hanaztziv is the first women’s Midrasha in Israel. Since its inception in 1986, the Midrasha has been at the vanguard of Torah study, promoting all aspects of women's Torah knowledge. Focusing on in-depth learning in the Beit Midrash, the Midrasha is a forerunner of innovative approaches to issues related to women, Torah and Judaism. Our educational staff includes both women and men who work together to lead, guide and teach the young women attending our programs and as such, provide important role models for our students as they define their futures.
In today’s world, the status of women in both religious and secular sectors continues to be a topic of ongoing discussion. Confronting these questions in a religious context requires courage and the willingness to forge new paths. Well-equipped to face this challenge, Midreshet Ein Hanatziv is committed to training a cadre of educated young women, presenting them with tools that will enable them to be active participants in Israeli society, both within and beyond the religious community. Our graduates from abroad who currently live outside of Israel also assume leadership positions on their college campuses and in their respective communities.
The curriculum offered by the Midrasha is rich and diverse, incorporating the study of Tanach, Talmud, Rabbinic literature and Halakha, Jewish Philosophy, Chassidism, Gender and Judaism, and more.
Our multi-dimensional study methods combine three different styles of learning that enrich and complement one another:
Classic yeshiva style learning –endeavors to analyze the religious and legal aspects of the issues studied;
Critical academic learning - attempts to trace the different sources of Talmudic text and identify its historical and social context;
Existential and spiritual learning – seeks to forge a bond between the student and the source text, highlighting its relevance to contemporary Am Israel and the State of Israel.
These methods explore how checks and balances were instituted in the past, and challenge students to take a critical look at the future: defining the balance between tradition and creativity, between criticism and humility, and between freedom and commitment. These efforts create a dialogue about the basis for contemporary Judaism in general, and the role and status of women in particular, and aid our young students in navigating between these different polarities, and in formulating their Jewish identity. They are encouraged to strive to promote changes that they feel are necessary and important, and the entire dialogue is motivated by love of Torah and the desire for tikun olam.
The Beit Midrash is the heart of the Midrasha, and is attended each year by approximately 80 students from Israel and abroad.
In addition, Midreshet Ein Hanatziv has also assumed the role of a spiritual and educational center for the residents of the region and northern Israel. We offer a number of programs that attract a broad range of participants, including a weekly day of learning, an evening Beit-Midrash, and public study events.
Our newest project is an innovative co-ed Beit Midrash program to be piloted in the summer of 2014. We believe that the time is ripe to pursue this goal of mutual learning within the religious community in Israel.
Today, after almost 30 years, the contribution of the Midrasha to Jewish and spiritual renewal, and to promoting the status of women in Israel and the Jewish world is widely recognized. We are committed to not only continuing this effort, but also broadening its scope. We encourage you to join us in our efforts!