Tikvah Online Academy offers high-level seminars—with small classes, master teachers, and spirited discussions—for students interested in Jewish ideas, Israel and Zionism, and Western civilization. It’s the ideal supplement to your shana ba’aretz (gap-year) experience, providing a unique opportunity to discuss the important philosophical and policy debates of our era.

✔ Winter 2020 courses for gap-year students in Israel will take place from the second week of November to the first week of January. Each seminar will include 10-15 students.

✔ Each class meets every other week for four or five sessions. All classes are offered at times which will not conflict with your regular program schedule. Tikvah programs will take place over Zoom and students are requested to go online from an individual device.  If the Israel Health Ministry directives and gap-year program guidelines permit in-person gatherings, we hope to schedule one or two formal or informal outdoor meetings.

✔ The application process is simple but selective. The gap-year courses are free of charge. Students must commit to preparing short reading assignments and active participation.

✔ Some classes are co-ed and other classes are single-sex, as noted in the course descriptions. Courses are open to students regardless of their educational backgrounds.

✔ The full menu of courses is listed below. All applicants who are new to Tikvah are asked to fill out a short application and schedule a brief planning & placement Zoom meeting upon submitting their application. Tikvah alumni who participated in a formal Tikvah program before Fall 2020 will be invited to complete the same short application, but will have an accelerated admissions process without a preliminary meeting. Acceptances will be sent out by November 6, 2020.

Winter 2020 course applications will be open until Monday, November 2nd, 2020. 


"Any student who wants to go beyond the Beit Midrash and think about issues affecting the world today with other gap-year students would really benefit from this program."

- Tzofiya B.,
Tikvah Overseas Institute Alumna

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