The Tikvah Overseas Student Institute

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Israel Education
Oct. 06, 2017
Oct. 2017 – May, 2018

Source: Tikvah Fund


The Tikvah Overseas Student Institute invites yeshiva, midrasha, and other post-high school students studying in Israel to apply for a series of seminars, workshops, and courses sponsored by the Tikvah Fund. The educational programs that make up the institute supplement gap-year curricula by providing intimate settings for interdisciplinary study, dialogue, and camaraderie with other select students. By exposing our participants to great texts, intellectuals, and activists, the institute aims to inspire the next generation of thinkers who can lead the Jewish community, informed by Jewish values and ideas, as we confront the great questions of our times.

Now in its eighth year, the institute’s flagship seminar program will focus on the modern Jewish political condition, with a particular emphasis on the State of Israel. What does it mean to be a Jewish citizen or leader in the contemporary world? What values and policies are necessary for Israel and the Jewish people to thrive in the twenty-first century? How can Judaism impact the future of Western Civilization? These big questions will animate our discussions as we explore the political, cultural, and religious challenges facing modern Jewry.

Regular sessions will begin on October 20, 2017, and take place thirteen times over the course of the year. Each session will meet in central Jerusalem on Friday mornings between 9:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m. When necessary, transportation is provided. A delicious brunch will be served at each meeting. Three additional shabbaton retreats throughout the year will facilitate more in-depth discussions. Before each event, participants will be expected to carefully study two or three essays that provide critical background for the discussion.

Students must commit to regular attendance, prepare the assigned readings before each seminar, and actively participate in group and online discussions. The program is fully sponsored by the Tikvah Fund and is free of charge.

Applications are due by September 21, 2017.

For more information and registration click here.

Updated: Apr. 28, 2021
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