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 2021 courses for gap-year students in Israel will take place from the end of January until early March. 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.
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 Winter 2021 will be invited to complete the same short application, but will have an accelerated admissions process without a preliminary meeting.
Winter 2021 course applications will be open until January 6, 2021.
"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
Tues., 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM IST
How to Keep a Divided Nation Together: Lessons from Lincoln and the Torah
Rabbi Rafi Eis
Fri., 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM IST
Halakha and the Free Market
Rabbi Jonathan Ziring
Thurs., 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM IST
Faith and Doubt in Modern Jewish Literature
Tues., 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM IST
The Nature of Reason: Objectivity, Morality, and Faith
Dr. R.J. Snell
Mon., 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM IST
Nationalism, the Jewish State, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Dr. Daniel Polisar
Fri., 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM IST
Faith and the Search for Meaning in the Modern Age
Rabbi Yitzchak Blau
Rabbi Shlomo Brody
Co-Dean, Tikvah Online Academy