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June 24-July 8, 2018 | Yale University | Tikvah Institute for High School Students
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Who is eligible to apply to the Tikvah Institute for High School Students?

The Institute is designed for current high school juniors and seniors attending Jewish Day Schools. We welcome applicants from Yeshiva high schools, Community  day schools, and other full-time Jewish educational programs. For students who attend private or public schools, we  have an affiliate program, the Maimonides Scholars Program, which  you can find here.

What are the financial, room and board, and religious arrangements?

Tuition is $400, which covers a portion of the actual costs for books, materials, and food. All other on-site program expenses, including housing, are fully subsidized by the Tikvah Fund. Full and partial, need-based tuition scholarships are available. No student will be turned away because of need, and the application is free and need blind.

Students will be housed in a Yale dormitory building a short walk from the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, which will provide three strictly kosher meals per day and is the center of daily Jewish life, including daily prayer services.

The program will be conducted in accord with halakhic standards of behavior.

When does this program take place?

June 24, 2018–July 8, 2018

Is there transportation to the program?

The Tikvah Fund will provide a complimentary bus to the Yale University campus in New Haven, CT, from a central location in the New York City area on June 24, and a complimentary return bus on July 8.

The student’s family or guardian is responsible for getting the student to the bus in New York or to New Haven directly.

When are applications open for the summer 2018 program? What is the deadline for submitting an application?

Applications open October 17, 2017, and close February 4, 2018.

How many students participate in this program?

A maximum of sixty students will be admitted to this summer’s program based on student fit.

Admission grants you access to the Tikvah alumni community—a network that will keep you asking the important questions long after the program is finished.

Do you need to have a Jewish studies background to participate in the program?

While the majority of our participants attend Jewish day schools or yeshivot, the program’s course flexibility means that an intensive Jewish studies background is not always necessary to participate. We will be able to assist you in crafting your experience in a way that is appropriate to your background. Additionally, the Maimonides Scholars Program is developed specifically for students moderately-affiliated with the Jewish community.

Will the food served be kosher?

All food served by the Tikvah Fund is certified strictly Kosher.

Do I need to observe Jewish laws to participate in the program?

While most students live halakhic lifestyles in all aspects of their personal and private activity, we expect all students to uphold the laws of Shabbat, kashrut, and sexual modesty in all public spaces over the course of the program.

Included in the schedule is time for communal prayer. A traditional mehitza minyan (prayers with separate seating for men and women) will meet three times daily. An alternative arrangement will be offered to students who are not familiar with this type of service, depending on demand.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Gabi Weinberg, gweinberg@tikvahfund.org.

Is there a way to find out if I will get in early?

All students will be notified if they are finalists by early March, and will receive further information at that time regarding an interview with a member of the Institute selection committee. Final decisions will be delivered by early April.

What does it mean to be part of the Tikvah world?

The Tikvah Fund is a philanthropic foundation and ideas institution committed to supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Tikvah runs and invests in a wide range of initiatives in Israel, the United States, and around the world, including educational programs, publications, and fellowships. We invite you to explore some of these initiatives through the links on our website.

Our animating mission and guiding spirit is to advance Jewish excellence and Jewish flourishing in the modern age. Tikvah is politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional, and theologically open-minded (we do believe that religion is a critical element in the moral life of society and touches on the highest things in life). Yet in all issues and subjects, we welcome vigorous debate and big arguments. Our institutes, programs, and publications all reflect this spirit of bringing forward the serious alternatives for what the Jewish future should look like, and bringing Jewish thinking and leaders into conversation with Western political, moral, and economic thought.

We run programs for high school students, students spending a gap-year in Israel, and college students, and we offer programming and content for alumni of our various programs.

Alumni of the High School Institute are invited to participate in an annual Alumni Institute at Yale University, developed and led by Alumni from previous cohorts of the Tikvah Institute for High School Students.

More Questions

If you have other questions, please email info@tikvahsummer.org.


Rabbi Gabi Weinberg

Associate Director for High School Programs