University & Campus-Based
We are pleased to provide this overview of exciting educational opportunities for current Ramah staff and staff alumni. These programs, located in both North America and Israel, offer unique learning experiences that have inspired many staff and supported their professional and spiritual growth.
- The Jewish Theological Seminary
- Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
- Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem
- Nativ: The College Leadership Program in Israel
- The Schechter Institutes
- American Jewish University
- Drisha Institute for Jewish Education
- Gratz College: JOLT: Jewish Online Learning for Teens
- The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University
- New York University
- Yeshivat Hadar
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Rothberg International School
- Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
- Tiyul B'Aretz
The combination of the JTS faculty of world-class scholars, professional paid internships and mentoring programs, library and beit midrash make The Jewish Theological Seminary the most comprehensive center for Jewish studies in North America.
The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary offers an intensive program of study, personal growth, and spiritual development that leads to rabbinic ordination and a career of service to the Jewish community. Graduates of the Rabbinical School work in a host of fields, including congregational life, hospital or military chaplaincy, campus and Hillel leadership, education, camping, scholarship, and Jewish communal service. For more information about The Rabbinical School, contact Rabbi Joel Alter at (212) 678-8817.
The H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary are two schools devoted to Jewish musical studies. They train select advanced students as hazzanim (cantors) for congregational service or as teachers of Jewish music, choral directors, composers, or research scholars. The H. L. Miller Cantorial School awards the diploma of hazzan, and the College of Jewish Music awards the master's degree in sacred music. For more information about The H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, contact Rabbi Joel Alter at (212) 678-8817.
JTS offers part-time and full-time MA and EdD degrees at the The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, America's largest pluralistic school of Jewish education. The Graduate School at JTS offers 15 areas of study with over 50 full time faculty members in Jewish Studies for its MA in Jewish Studies. For more information, please contact Jody Gansel, Director of Graduate Admissions, at (212) 678-8022.
Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies provides undergraduates with a Jewish studies education of the highest quality, creating an environment in which modern Judaism is both lived and learned. List College offers bachelor of arts degrees in a full spectrum of exciting majors that will challenge and inspire students. Through the Joint Program with Columbia University's School of General Studies or the Double Degree Program with Barnard College, students also receive a superior liberal arts education and participate in the full spectrum of college life.
Semester at List is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students currently enrolled at other accredited four-year colleges and universities to study at List College for one or two semesters. Students enjoy the benefits of joining in a small community where they can choose from a rich selection of Judaic studies classes while living in a dynamic urban setting that includes the opportunity for internships and co-curricular activities.
For more information on all List College programs, contact Missy Present, Director of Enrollment Management, at (212) 678-8832.
The JustCity Leadership Institute summer program is a collaboration between The Jewish Theological Seminary, AJSS, AVODAH, Ramah, and USY. A unique precollege experience, JustCity equips high-school juniors and seniors with the tools needed to innovate, create, and maximize social impact. Designed for future change makers - highly motivated and intellectually curious students who are eager to engage with today's social issues - JustCity challenges you to think deeply about your personal Jewish and social justice journeys and the ways in which you can lead change at home and in the world. At JustCity you learn how to put your passion into action through college-level classes, fieldwork, and personal projects, all while enjoying the excitement of NYC. Visit JustCity for more information.
The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies values rigorous scholarship, embraces the diverse splendors of religiosity, and provides students with ample opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually, and professionally. Located on the campus of American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles, CA, and in an atmosphere that places great emphasis on personalized teaching and mentoring, students open their minds and hearts to the texts and traditions of our religion, feel the presence of God in their lives, and assume the ever-expanding roles and responsibilities offered to those entering the Conservative rabbinate of the 21st century.For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 476-9777, ext. 510, or (888) 853-6763.
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Find yourself in the heart of Jerusalem! Spend a year, semester or summer in learning at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem (CY). Options include the Year Program (for full or part-time learning), advanced studies program, and summer program with intensive Hebrew ulpan. Summer students can study half-day and volunteer half-day in tracks including: education, caring for the community, or organizational development.
The Conservative Yeshiva is also excited to announce a new learning track for the summer of 2014: Torah of Human Rights. Spearheaded by Dr. Shaiya Rothberg, Torah of Human Rights will focus on classical and contemporary human rights thought with complementary volunteer opportunities at various human rights organizations in Jerusalem.
The CY offers a "Ramah Staff Scholarship" of $2,000 off full tuition in the Year Program and similar scholarships for other programs.
Questions? Email Rabbi Gail Diamond for more information.
The Nativ College Leadership Program is a challenging academic gap-year program dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. After graduating from high school, but before heading off to college, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle.
Although there are currently many exciting gap-year options in Israel, Nativ is the only Conservative program available. Over the years, many Ramah alumni have taken part in this wonderful opportunity and found that Nativ functions as a dedicated and committed Conservative Jewish community. Ramah in return has enjoyed many Nativ graduates who have become tzevet at all of the Ramah summer camps.
The program includes academic university classes, intensive Hebrew classes, Judaic and Yeshiva studies, and innovative leadership training. Nativ enables recent high school graduates to earn college credits for their studies while living in a classroom without walls.
For more information, contact Deborah Shafran at (212) 533-7800 x1115.
The mission of the Schechter Institutes is to help fashion an Israeli society and a Jewish world secure in its Jewish roots and strong in its democratic values.
The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies Graduate School in Jerusalem offers 14 innovative interdisciplinary master's degree programs in Jewish Studies designed to train Israeli teachers as Jewish educators, including its newest program, Marpeh, which combines an academic degree with Health Care Chaplaincy. For further information, email email@example.com.
The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, affiliated with the Masorti/Conservative Movement in Israel and with JTS in New York, trains educational and spiritual leadership for positions in Israel and Europe and sponsors a one-year program for overseas rabbinical school students from seminaries in North America and South America, including JTS. Most recently, it has established the Mishlei program which combines Hevruta study with an M.A. degree from the Schechter Institute. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeLeT is a 14-month program that prepares Jewish day school teachers by combining study with a year-long mentored internship. We have two sites, one at Hebrew Union College (LA campus),which offers California state teaching credential and a certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching, and the other at Brandeis University, which offers Massachusetts state teacher licensure and a master of arts degree in Teaching.
Both programs offer: generous scholarships, year-long mentored internship, personal learning environment, close integration of courses and fieldwork, job placement assistance as a teacher, state teaching certification, support during the first two years of teaching, and membership in a growing alumni network.
For more information on DeLeT at Brandeis University, click here to email or call (781) 763-2099.
For more information on DeLeT at HUC in Los Angeles, click here to email or call (213) 765-2162.
Drisha Institute for Jewish Education is a leading center for the study of classical Jewish texts on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Drisha provides students of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to encounter texts in a serious, intellectually rigorous and inclusive manner through special courses, lectures, and an emphasis on havruta (partner) study.
The Full Time Learning Program for Women is the cornerstone of Drisha's work. The Full Time Program facilitates high-level learning for women on a wide variety of subjects. Women from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, are attracted to the challenging study and personalized attention they receive through the Yesodot, Beit Midrash and Scholars Circle classes. Students immerse in an unparalleled experience of studying tradition in an open and respectful learning environment. Stipends are available. Click here for more information about Drisha's Full Time Learning Program for Women. Drisha can also be reached via email, or phone at (212) 595-0307.
Our address is: 37 West 65th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10023.
JOLT, a unique on-line learning program developed by the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College, is available to Jewish teens anywhere in the world. Students may log on at any convenient time, from any location that has a computer with internet access.
Interesting courses taught by high level and engaging instructors, using both the latest technology and a proven approach to working with Jewish teens are featured. Past courses include "The Torah’s Top 50 Ideas," "Dilemmas in Jewish History," "Israel: Current Events and Controversies," "Why the Jews: A History of Anti-Semitism," "The Whole Megillah," and "Confronting the Shoah." JOLT also offers several levels of Hebrew language. Students will have a chance to be in virtual classrooms with Ramahniks, and other Jewish teens, from across North America.
Hornstein combines academics, field-based experiences, and international travel to prepare visionary leaders for the twenty-first-century Jewish community. The 21-month, dual-degree graduate program provides the skills, knowledge, mentoring, and networks necessary for high-level leadership in the global Jewish community! All applicants are considered for full and partial scholarships. Email or call (781) 736-2990 for additional information.
MBA/MA in Jewish Professional Leadership
A Masters of Business administration and a Hornstein MA prepare professionals to lead organizations with a social mission.
MPP/MA in Jewish Professional Leadership
A Masters of Public Policy and a Hornstein MA produce leaders, policy analysts, and managers equipped to make meaningful social change.
Dual MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
The Hornstein MA and a Masters of Arts in Judaic Studies position graduates for meaningful Jewish organizational leadership or advanced academic work.
The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development offers three degree programs that open the door to leadership opportunities in the field of Jewish education. Degree programs include an MA in Education and Jewish Studies, a dual MA in Education and Jewish Studies & Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and a PhD in Education and Jewish Studies. Email or call (212) 992-9494 for more information.
The Wagner School of Public Service dual degree program offers an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy and an MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies to individuals aspiring to positions of leadership in the Jewish community. Email or call (212) 992-9494 for more information.
Yeshivat Hadar is North America's first full-time egalitarian yeshiva, located in New York City. It offers a transformative experience that combines traditional text study, egalitarian prayer, and social action, with a special focus on personal religious growth. Applicants to the full-time summer and year-round programs are eligible for generous stipends to support them during the summer and full-year programs. Email for more information and to apply.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Rothberg International School offers a variety of programs that range from a few short weeks to whole year studying in Israel. You can choose to spend semester or a year at RIS taking courses taught in English, learning Hebrew and Arabic or joining fellow students in excursions around the city. The Rothberg International School also offers a number of summer programs, for both undergraduates and graduate students.
At the Rothberg International School, students can choose from a wide range of areas of study. Students can choose to study Israeli film, Jewish mysticism, conflict resolution, public law, as well as many other subjects. Students also have the option to participate on archaeological dig or also do an internship. New offerings include programming options focusing on Dance, Music, and Art. Students will come together with the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem to create a unique study abroad experience unique to Israel and to the world.
The Rothberg International School also offers seven MA programs in fields such as Jewish Education, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Education and Community and Philanthropic Studies.
Jewish Experiential Education Program – We are excited to announce the Jewish Experiential Education Program (JEEP). Participants will greatly enhance their knowledge of Judaism and Israel, gain a deeper understanding of issues in contemporary Jewish education and expand their practical programming ability. The program is run by the Rothberg International School (RIS) in conjunction with the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) as part of the Lainer-MASA Fellowship. In addition, undergraduates and graduates can participate in the offerings described above.
For more information, visit their website or call their New York Office (from abroad) at 212.607.8520 or (domestic) toll free at 800.404.8622.
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem immerses its students in the study of classical Jewish texts. Men and women of diverse backgrounds learn together in a rigorous, challenging and open-minded environment. This learning experience nurtures a deep and personal connection to our Jewish heritage, a love for the Jewish people and Israel, and the knowledge to become leaders in the Jewish community. Founded in 1972, Pardes is an independent institution not affiliated with any religious or political movement.
The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE) includes five educator training programs in Israel:
- The Pardes Educators Program (PEP) – training excellent day school teachers since 2000 – is a vibrant, innovative, and highly selective two-year teacher training program in Jerusalem that combines intensive text study at Pardes with a Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) from Hebrew College. This program is designed for future teachers who believe that day school education is their “calling” and who are prepared to make a minimum three-year commitment to teaching Jewish Studies in a day school.
- One-year PEP Accelerated Track also available.
- Teachers for Jewish America (TJA), a NEW offshoot of the Pardes Educators Program, is a one-year program designed for individuals considering Jewish education and interested in teaching for one or two years in a smaller Jewish community, without a long-term professional commitment.
- Masters in Jewish Education Plus Pardes (MAPP), a NEW offshoot of the Pardes Educators Program, is a one-year text enrichment program for formal or experiential Jewish educators entering or pursuing a Masters in Jewish Education (or related field).
- Pardes Experiential Educators Program, a NEW offshoot of the Pardes Educators Program, is a one-year program for Jewish educators who have worked for at least two years in an experiential setting. The program is designed to enrich the careers of Jewish experiential educators through the study of Jewish text, professional seminars and active participation in the vibrant, diverse community of Pardes in Israel.
All PCJE educator training programs are highly subsidized, including Pardes tuition and a generous living stipend. For those in PEP or PEP Accelerated, tuition for the Masters degree at Hebrew College is significantly reduced.
For more information, you may contact Jenna Englender at (212) 447-4333.
Tiyul B'Aretz is reinventing college study abroad in Israel by giving students an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom walls. On Tiyul B'Aretz there is no campus, no classrooms, no dorms or dining halls. This is learning on the road. Students spend the semester traveling through different regions of Israel and living in various communities, gaining a more hands-on and intimate experience of the country than they ever could on a traditional study abroad program. On Tiyul B'Aretz, we're leaving the campus behind, taking the classroom on the road, and using the land and people of Israel as our educational resources and guides.
Tiyul B’Aretz receives full academic accreditation from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and is sponsored by MASA Israel, a joint project of the Jewish Agency and the State of Israel, which gives generous grants and financial aid to qualifying students.