About Midreshet Torah V’Avodah

Midreshet Torah v’Avodah is an innovative Bnei Akiva midrasha for highly motivated high school graduates. It is the first midrasha to offer a truly integrated experience. In one incredible year, you will experience life-changing growth in your connection to Torah, to the Jewish people, and to the land and State of Israel. You will have the opportunity to learn from the most impressive educators in Matan, the most advanced Torah institution for women.

TVA’s path-breaking model allows you to expand and broaden every aspect of who you are as a member of Am Yisrael in Medinat Yisrael through the lens of Torat Eretz Yisrael. You will experience our pioneering Machon Leadership program, which allows you to explore pivotal issues facing the future of the Jewish people. MTVA opens you up to Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael through targeted internships, volunteering and service learning, living and working on Kibbutz, rigorous spoken-Hebrew language training, and exciting tiyulim throughout the year. All of these experiences will be infused with intensive Torah learning while living in apartments in the best and most central location in Jerusalem.

בית מדרש מתן

Matan Beit Midrash

Matan (Machon Torani l’Nashim) has been providing higher level Torah studies for Jewish women since its inception almost 30 years ago, through its Advanced Beit Midrash Scholars’ Programs, continuing education, and community programs. Matan’s students and graduates are on the cutting edge of Jewish education, innovating, creating and enriching Jewish studies curricula for students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of Jewish knowledge and skill sets. MTVA students are fully integrated into the Matan Beit Midrash, and have the opportunity to learn from the world’s premiere educators. While many of the courses we offer are exclusively for TVA students using Matan faculty, there are also courses that are cross listed for TVA students and Matan students, including some classes taught in Hebrew. You will have the unique opportunity to learn in a demographically diverse environment, sitting alongside those who have chosen to integrate Torah into their lives as adults in shiurim and learning with them in individual chavrutot.

שיוערים

Educational Content and Shiurim

  • Tanach
  • Gemara
  • Jewish Philosophy
  • Halakha
  • Zionism and Israel Activism
  • Hebrew Language Training
  • Learn and Tour with Rabbanit Shani Taragin and Rabbi Alan Haber
  • Chassidut

מכון מנהיגות

Leadership Training

The Machon Leadership Program offers TVA students an opportunity to learn both broadly and rigorously. Students engage in a nuanced approach to Israel Advocacy, meet political, military and cultural leaders, and hone leadership skills by synthesizing their learning with Israeli society and culture.Along with these special programs, students spend every afternoon and evening in the Beit Midrash, thus modeling an integrated Torah lifestyle.

Models of Leadership :

  • Zionism and Israel Activism with StandwithUs and Makom
  • Democracy and Statehood at the Knesset
  • Jewish Art, Culture, and Film with Kol Haot and Ma’aleh Film School
  • Social Activism and Chesed with Kedma
  • Masa Hagshama with Shomer Hachadash

חסד

Service Learning

Midreshet Torah v’Avodah students have the unique opportunity to experience life in Israel while engaged in intense volunteer service that is framed and integrated with Torah study. You will help the elderly in a local home, volunteer in hospitals, and volunteer in schools for underprivileged children in Development towns in the south such as Yerucham and Dimona.

התמחויות

Internships

TVA’s groundbreaking internship program maximizes the ideal of Torah v’Avodah. For one month, students experience working in Israel in the mornings, while returning back to the Beit Midrash in the afternoons and evenings. It is exhausting and exhilarating, and is a true preparation for life as a fully integrated Bat Torah.You will have the ability to work in an incredible range of jobs: TVA students have trained as Emergency First Responders and covered shifts on Israeli ambulances, engaged in political activism at think-tanks such as NGO monitor and the Kohelet Policy Forum, joined ground-breaking cancer research at Shaare Zedek Hospital, built walls and cleared trails for the JNF, participated in archaeological digs at Ir David, interned for film production companies and much more!

קיבוץ

Kibbutz

On kibbutz, you will have the once in a lifetime experience of working, learning, and living on a historic religious kibbutz. Your day will include working in the fields, gardens, factories, dining hall, farms, and childcare facilities of the kibbutz, side-by-side with the Israelis who live there.Like all of our special programming, our time on kibbutz is fully integrated with Torah, and there is daily learning in the afternoons and evenings. You will also experientially learn the halakhot relating to working the Land of Israel, and connect with early Zionist pioneers through a deep engagement with their institutions.

החיים בירושלים

Student Life in Jerusalem

At Midreshet Torah v’Avodah, we believe that an essential part of the year will be learning to live independently. You will live in beautiful apartments in the heart of Jerusalem, and the surrounding neighborhood functions as the most exciting and vibrant campus in the world. Minutes from the Old City, Emek Refaim, and the center of town, you will be perfectly situated to maximize all of your time in Israel.

FAQs

TVA is proud that many of its students attend top universities in the United States, Canada and Israel. Toward the end of the academic year we spend a significant amount of time providing those attending secular universities with the tools needed to succeed there and to take leadership roles in their campus societies.

At TVA, Extra-curricular activities are not “extra,” but an integrated part of the holistic and broad educational model of Torah v’Avodah. TVA is committed to its mission of providing high level Torah study, combined with a plethora of activities outside of the Beit Midrash. Nothing at TVA takes place in a vacuum; everything is part of a well thought out course of limud Torah, activities that will guarantee that you fall in love with the land of Israel and the people of Israel, and service to Am Yisrael. This includes tiyulim throughout the country, working on a kibbutz, volunteering once a week in various “chesed” settings, one week of teaching English in development towns in the south, 1 month of targeted internships in Jerusalem businesses and organizations and much, much more.

We view the year at Midreshet Torah V’Avodah as a springboard for life as a Jewish woman. We strive to help each student make smart choices for the future and to give them the tools to actualize those choices in the most self-fulfilling way possible. For students who go to universities outside of Israel, we spend considerable time discussing ways to give to and receive from the Jewish communities on campuses. A considerable number of our students choose to stay in Israel, doing National Service (Sheirut Leumi), joining the IDF, or attending Israeli universities. Those students instantly become part of the Bnei Akiva family in Israel.

TVA has trail blazed a new attitude toward guidance during the year in Israel. Our staff is extremely hands-on. The administration, the Em-bayit, the Rakezet, the madrichot, the guidance counselor, and many of the teachers are extremely well acquainted with each and every student. In addition to formal, scheduled meetings, there are constant discussions between various staff members to make sure that every student is getting what she needs at all times. In addition, the staff is extremely accessible to the students and they feel very comfortable coming to them at any time when they have an issue or challenge to deal with.

We also offer a wide variety of mental health services. Guidance counselor, Dina Kessler, M.Sc., heads the team and directs both the formal and informal services. We focus on how to make behavioral changes in a way that allows the students to integrate the concepts of middot with practical methods of habit change. As part of our personal growth program, we also have our students take the VIA strength assessment to identify and highlight their strengths. This can be especially helpful in the leadership components of our program, where a student can use this information to tailor their leadership style and contributions.

Additionally, our Mashgichot Ruchaniyot, Rabbanit Shani Taragin, Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash, Rabbanit Michal Jacob, and Dr. Tamara Spitz, run weekly small group processing workshops to encourage reflection and deliberation on crucial religious issues that arise during the seminary year. Furthermore, the guidance counselor and Mashgichot schedule individual meetings with students and open office hours. The support staff is thereby able to assist students in working through personal challenges and to guide each student towards maximizing his or her potential and character. In cases where a student requires more extensive mental health services, we have a network of private licensed practitioners, with whom we refer, and contacts at The Family Institute of Nevei Yerushalayim when finances are an issue.

MTVA is a program that nurtures independent adults within a structured framework. Students live in wonderful apartments in the heart of Jerusalem and are integrated into the local community and synagogues. An Eim Bayit (house mother), Educational Director, and a staff of madrichot (counselors) help them navigate the transition to independent adulthood successfully. Students walk to shul and the Beit Midrash and shop in the neighborhood. At the same time, there is a nightly curfew and there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol or other substances.

In additional to consistent shiurim (courses) offered in Hebrew, we offer an immersive Ulpan course to focus on hebrew language training.

There are generally no exams at TVA--students are assessed by their ability to prepare a shiur and deliver it using the methodologies from their shiurim, thus demonstrating and honing their own abilities for the future. Transcripts are provided to all students upon requests.

Students are offered the option of integrating Sherut Leumi with learning for their Shana Bet.

There are three models of Shabbatot on TVA:

In-Shabbatot, where students stay in their apartments in Jerusalem with programming, meals, and ruach. Part of these shabbatot includes home hospitality at local families in the neighborhood.

Shabbatonim, where we go to various important destinations in Israel, such as Tzfat, or join with all of the World Bnei Akiva programs for special programming.

Out Shabbatot (approximately half of the time), when students can visit friends or family, or stay in their own apartments, with the em bayit helping secure them meals at local host families.

The apartments belong to the young women for the year--they are available at any time and the em bayit is always on call to help arrange meals for Chagim. TVA students also have special programming for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and can take advantage of special programming during the month of Nissan.

MTVA is based in MATAN’s lovely and modern 3 story building in the Katamonim neighborhood of Jerusalem. There is a large auditorium, a well-stocked Beit Midrash/library, classrooms and a spacious lounge where the girls eat lunch and dinner every day. In the Beit Midrash there are accessible computers equipped with access to online research sites and the Bar Ilan CD as well as other online Judaica libraries.

The apartment building, a 1 minute walk from MATAN, is situated on convenient bus lines, within walking distance of major supermarkets, gyms, and parks where the students are able to exercise and relax. Girls have 1-2 roommates and about 6-8 apartment mates. The madrichot live in the apartments with the students and are a guiding force in helping to create a comfortable and Torani environment. The students are expected to keep their apartments and personal space clean and are provided with the cleaning supplies that are necessary.

Living in an apartment building with Israeli families for neighbors exposes the students to what it is like to really live in Jerusalem. They have the independence of living on their own with the comfort of having a support system through the madrichot, Eim Bayit, and staff. This setup for the apartments is reflective of our education goals of training them towards independent living and ownership of their own religious and personal growth. At the same time, having everyone in one building is wonderful, as it helps facilitate the forming of a close and cohesive group.

The Eim Bayit’s family lives on the first floor of the building giving the students enough independence while at the same time having a constant address for any concerns.

Kitchen Facilities:

Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen for milk and meat. While a dairy lunch and pareve or meat dinner are provided every day the students still have the facilities to cook for themselves and learn about keeping a kosher kitchen.

Laundry facilities are spread throughout the apartments.