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.
Eighteen or older.
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.
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.
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.
Tuition, room and board (food) for the three week program is $800. This does not include airfare.
The STEP program itself does not offer any scholarships. The $700 fee for the program is already heavily subsidized. If you have been participating in an on-campus or Jewish professionals outreach organization, you may qualify for a travel scholarship through Olami. This would be arranged by a rabbi that you have a connection with in [...]
Yes. Send us an email and we'll send you a list of alumni references.
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).
Evenings after classes are free. Friday and Shabbos are also free.