Introductory yeshiva study


Question: I'm not an observant Jew, does that matter?

If you are, at least, moving toward Mitzvah observance - even if it is a slow process - then you will feel comfortable at STEP.  Most, but not all, of the participants have taken on some form of Mitzvah observance before they attend the program. 

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Question: How old do you have to be?

Eighteen or older.

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Question: What's the oldest you can be?

There really is no age limit.  The range of ages of past STEP participants is between 19 and 35, with the average age being approximately 24.  However, despite the wide range of ages, there has always been a strong sense of camaraderie among the participants.

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Question: Do I have to know how to read Hebrew?

No, you don't have to have any background in Hebrew whatsoever.  We have a staff of trained tutors to help you read Hebrew and Aramaic and learn the basics of their grammars.  Whatever proficiency you can pickup, however, before attending the program will of course enhance your experience here.

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Question: I've already spent some time studying in yeshiva.  Can I attend this program?

It depends.  If you spent a few months studying texts seriously (Talmud, mishna, etc.) then our program is probably not right for you.  If, however, you attended an introductory program that emphasized learning the basics of Jewish thought and practice then our program is probably the logical next step.

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Question: How much does the program cost?

Tuition, room and board for each four week summer session is $800; for the three week winter session the fee is $600.  Neither fee includes airfare.

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Question: Are there scholarships or other financial aid?

Yes there are, particularly if you have not a done a program like this before - i.e. a several week long intro to yeshiva study program.

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Question: Can you help me with airfare?

Usually we can.  Again, if you have not a done a program of this type before there could be possibilities of travel scholarships.

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Question: Are there former students from the program that I can contact?

Yes. Send us an email and we'll send you a list of alumni references.

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Question: I'm married already.  Am I eligible?

Yes, however we won't be able to provide you with housing (but we can help you locate an apartment in the neighborhood to rent).

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Question: Will I have any time to do my own thing?

Evenings after classes are free.  Friday and Shabbos are also free.

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Question: Is it safe?

STEP is located in the neighborhood of Har Nof, which is on the western side of Jerusalem and is considered to be a safe place to live.  Also, all of our trips are to areas of the country that are considered to be safe and we do not use public transportation.  We understand the concerns of parents of students and are happy to discuss this issue with them.

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Question: I can't come for the whole program.  Is it possible to come for part of it?

If there is space at the yeshiva then it is possible. Coming at the beginning of the program would be preferable to the middle or the end.

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