What are Midreshet Tehillah's arrangements for coping with COVID-19?
The ongoing COVID19 pandemic presents all Seminaries and Yeshivot in Israel with unique challenges and opportunities. At Midreshet Tehillah our first priority is guarding the health of our students and staff. We balance those health considerations with the requirements dictated by our educational goals, which include providing students with an experience of Israel. We also consider carefully the legitimate needs of our students to have some freedom of movement and to visit with family.
It is a remarkable blessing that we are allowed to bring students into Israel despite the difficult public health context created by the pandemic. The condition set by the Israeli government to doing this is that we follow Ministry of Health protocols for running the school. We look at these guidelines as a great resource, as we benefit from the expertise of the Ministry. On the other hand the Ministry’s protocols are not always in full sync with the circumstances specific to institutions hosting foreign students. This can lead to unnecessary restrictions on movement on occasion, which are frustrating. But we accept this situation as the necessary price for being able to run our programs during these trying times. And in the end, we expect to be able to get to all the places that are important to the program before the year is out.
Preparations in the school for this unique year include custom-built plexiglass barriers in all classes and offices. In addition, all classrooms are equipped with a 55″ monitor and supporting equipment to allow us to Zoom classes whenever necessary. There are clearly many more details which go into the careful compliance by the Seminary with all health regulations and we will be happy to discuss any specifics with prospective students or parents.
The hidden opportunity in all this is that restrictions on movement necessarily enhance student focus on classes and their friends in the Seminary. This has accelerated the achievement of unity and purpose in the school, which is enormously beneficial. While we cannot say we hope the restrictions continue, we can say that any students attending Midreshet Tehillah in the shadow of these restrictions is not losing out. On the contrary, we expect this year to be among our best ever.
Will I earn college credits while studying at Midreshet Tehillah?
Stern College, Touro College, and the Teachers Institute of Chicago offer joint programs with Midreshet Tehillah, whereby the student is accepted both at the college and at Midreshet Tehillah. Any student exercising this option is considered a registered student of the college for purposes of credits, transcripts, and scholarship applications while she attends Midreshet Tehillah. Please consult these colleges for details of these joint programs.
What are the security measures taken by the school?
Do I require additional health insurance while studying in Israel?
You can find information about medical insurance here.
How much does Midreshet Tehillah cost?
The full year Shana Alef program at Midreshet Tehillah costs $26,000. Most students are entitled to a MASA scholarship from the Jewish Agency, depending on their personal status. Discretionary academic scholarships may be available for students in cases of financial need, following their acceptance by the school.