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Frequently Asked Questions: Summer Beit Midrash


Yeshivat Hadar Summer Beit Midrash

July 6-29, 2021

Holmes Camp & Retreat Center

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Note on COVID-19 and Safety: Hadar is absolutely committed to abiding by all relevant protocols to make this a safe program in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Summer Beit Midrash activities are being planned in close consultation with a medical adviser who has designed COVID-19 safety protocols for schools and is confident that the overall structure can be implemented responsibly and safely.

Based on the current situation, these protocols would require all participants, staff, and faculty to stay on premises throughout the program and no visitors will be allowed. At this time, it is too early to determine specific details on aspects such as testing and quarantine, when so much is changing about vaccines and testing technology. We are working closely with our medical adviser over the coming months to fully update protocols and details.

The information below applies to our annual Summer Beit Midrash at our yeshiva location in Manhattan.
Please send an email to R. Aviva if you have any questions about our offsite four-week Beit Midrash this July.

[] How do I apply to Hadar? When are applications due?

The application for the full time Summer Beit Midrash has two parts: a letter of reference and a written application. You can access links for both here. Once your complete application has been reviewed, select candidates will be invited for an interview (in person or on video). By mid-February, you will be informed about whether you have been granted an interview. Interviews take place late February to mid-March. Generally, admissions decisions will be communicated by mid-April. If you need an accelerated application process, contact us at [email protected]. Late applications may be considered, space-permitting.

[] What’s the daily schedule at Yeshivat Hadar?

You can look at the weekly schedule for our 2019 summer program below. While upcoming summer sessions won't be identical to this, they will be quite similar.

[] What kind of textual proficiency do I need to study at Hadar?

Yeshivat Hadar’s summer students span from those who have spent multiple years in pre-college yeshivot and midrashot to people who have not done formal text programs but can read the bulk of the siddur for comprehension. Below this level of Hebrew proficiency, the weight of the language is simply too great to engage in all-day learning and tefillah, and the best first step is to spend time in an intensive Hebrew language program. (Contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in learning at Yeshivat Hadar but need guidance on where to turn to build language skills first.) 

For morning Talmud classes, students are grouped by level. Afternoon classes are geared towards multiple textual backgrounds, and materials are sometimes available in both Hebrew and English. Our shorter-term programs, like the Manger Winter Learning Seminar and Rising Song Intensive, are designed to be accessible to students of every background.

[] How much does it cost to study at Hadar?

Full-time summer students, in recognition of their significant investment in building the Hadar community, attend Hadar tuition-free and are provided breakfast and lunch during the summer program.
All students accepted to the full-time summer program are also eligible for a housing grant up to $1,500 provided that they do not have access to free or low-cost housing in New York City and that studying at Hadar would be a significant financial hardship without this grant. Once accepted, students may use our standard form to submit a request for a housing subsidy. 

[] Are there scholarships available?

Hadar offers several Community Leadership Fellowships in the amount of $1,000 to summer students who are deeply committed to Hadar's vision of Torah, Avodah and Hesed lived out by observant Jewish communities, where all, irrespective of gender, are full citizens. Eligible students will either have demonstrated leadership in these areas in their communities, and/or see their studies at Hadar as an opportunity to enhance their future contributions to these values and the communities that embody them as lay leaders. The summer application includes an optional question for people who want to apply for the community leadership fellowship.  

There are a limited number of fellowships, and we cannot always extend fellowships to everyone who meets these criteria.  Please note that these fellowships are intended to support an intensive learning opportunity for people who are not currently enrolled in the full-time learning of rabbinical school.

Students who receive a leadership fellowship are also eligible for the housing subsidy, for up to a total of $2500 for the summer.

[] Where do Hadar students live? What do Yeshivat Hadar students do for meals? For Shabbat?

Students in the Summer Beit Midrash find their own housing for the duration of the program. Hadar can aid students in finding housing by connecting them with housing opportunities. We are happy to provide vegetarian breakfast and lunch most days of the week. We have some capacity to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, and will do our best to do so.

[] I'm a rabbinical student. Is the full-time summer beit midrash for me?

Yeshivat Hadar welcomes future rabbis or Jewish educational professionals to learn in our beit midrash and encourages you to enroll in classes at the yeshiva. (Your home rabbinical seminary or Jewish educational institution may be willing to help defray some of the costs). Rabbinical and Jewish Education students may also choose to apply to be full-time students in the summer beit midrash. If you feel that you could be a force for Yeshivat Hadar's vision in your professional future and are interested in being a full participant in the summer session, please apply. As a full-time student, you will be a fully integrated member of the student community and will be expected to participate in all aspects of life at the yeshiva.

[] I’m not a US citizen. What kind of visa can I receive to study at Hadar?

Foreign students who are not US citizens should first inquire about receiving a tourist visa to visit the United States that extends beyond the conclusion of the Hadar session you are joining. If that is not possible, Hadar can lend assistance in obtaining a visa to cover your time here, though we cannot guarantee the success of the application, which depends on factors outside of our control.

[] What is Hadar doing to be environmentally friendly?

We're glad that you asked. For over a year we have been composting organic materials generated through our programming. Mostly this means any food scraps from meals, but during our higher-volume programs, this also means we compost our paper cups and plates and napkins. We're always looking for more that we can do, and if you have any suggestions please be in touch with us at [email protected].

[] How do I find out more?

We are happy to answer any questions—please contact [email protected]rg.