What is the Tikvah Fund?

The Tikvah Fund is a think tank and educational institution focused on the foundational ideas of Jewish civilization, the great challenges facing the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and the political, moral, and economic traditions of Western civilization and American democracy. Tikvah runs a wide range of initiatives in the United States, Israel, and around the world, including educational programs and fellowships, publications and websites, conferences, and policy research.

Our main interest is challenging exceptional students—from middle school to high school, from gap year to college, from graduate students to emerging professionals—to become Jewish leaders and Jewish citizens. We seek to expose them to the most important ideas—in Jewish thought, Zionist history, political philosophy, economics, and strategy—and to inculcate a sense of responsibility for Jewish, Western, and American civilization. We also offer extensive programming and content for the alumni of our various programs, and we encourage our students to think about their time with us as the gateway to a larger Tikvah community.

What is Tikvah Online Academy?

For many years, Tikvah has advanced its mission through a wide variety of residential seminars and summer programs. Tikvah Online Academy brings this kind of learning—with small classes, master teachers, and spirited discussions—to an even larger number of students through live, online seminars of 12-15 students. We will have three trimesters throughout the 2020-21 academic year, in the fall, winter, and spring.

Like our residential programs, Tikvah Online Academy seeks to offer the highest-level learning on Jewish culture and civilization, the history and heroes of Israel, the future of American democracy, the fight against anti-Semitism, and the principles of a free economy and free society.

How does Tikvah Online Academy fit into students’ education?

Tikvah Online Academy courses are an excellent supplement to a traditional middle school, high school, or yeshiva curriculum. We can also help you integrate our seminars into a home school or school pod experience. Tikvah’s classes expose student to the greatest ideas of the Jewish, Zionist, and Western traditions and aim to inculcate a sense of responsibility for Jewish and American civilization.

Who are the faculty of Tikvah Online Academy?

Our faculty include leading professors, rabbis, policy experts, writers, and intellectuals from around the world.

Who can be a student at Tikvah Online Academy?

Any student interested in big ideas and serious discussion is invited to submit an application. In Fall 2020, we are offering courses for the following age cohorts:

✔ Current 7th and 8th Grade Students
✔ Current 9th and 10th Grade Students
✔ Current 11th and 12th Grade Students
✔ Israel Gap-Year Students

The application process is simple, but competitive. After applicants choose the courses for which they wish to apply, they will be directed to fill out an application form with some personal information and questions about their interests, hobbies, and desire to participate in a Tikvah Online Academy course. Applicants will then be prompted to schedule a Zoom interview with one of our staff members. Final acceptances will be sent out within two weeks.

When do classes take place?

For Fall 2020, Tikvah Online Academy courses will take place in October and November. Each class meets weekly over live video chat for five weeks. All weekday classes are scheduled in the evenings, so they will not conflict with the school day. Sunday sessions will take place in the late mornings or evenings.

What are the deadlines?

The Fall 2020 application deadline for the 7th-12th grade divisions is September 14, 2020. The deadline for gap-year students is September 24, 2020.

How much is tuition?

Each course costs $100. These seminars are heavily subsidized by the Tikvah Fund and its many generous supporters, but the course fee helps cover some of the costs of the experience. (Gap-year seminars are free of charge.)

Is financial aid available?

Yes. All qualified students will be able to participate irrespective of financial need. The application is free and the admissions process is need-blind. Full and partial need-based tuition scholarships are available. If you are interested in learning more about scholarship opportunities, please write us at scholarships@tikvahonlineacademy.org.

Do you need to have a Jewish day school or Jewish studies background to participate?

No.  Tikvah Online Academy courses are designed so that students from diverse Jewish backgrounds can come together as equal partners in inquiry. The program is designed for both students who are deeply immersed in Jewish life and Jewish education already and students who are coming to Jewish learning for the first time

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Irina Rakhlis at irakhlis@tikvahfund.org and she will assist you.