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November 2019–June 2020 / חשון –סיון תש"פ

The Tikvah Overseas Student Institute invites gap-year students studying in Israel to apply for a series of seminars 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 tenth year, the program focuses on the political, moral, and policy dilemmas confronting Jews in Israel and around the world. 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 animate our discussions as we explore the political, cultural, and religious challenges facing modern Jewry.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, TOS features two types of programs, each addressing a unique set of dilemmas through different formats. Students may only enroll in one program but can apply for one or both programs and express their preferred track. To learn more about each program, please click on the boxes below.

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Nationalism and Religion in Israel and Around the World
  • 14 sessions including 2 Shabbatonim
  • Learn with leading Israeli scholars and activists
  • Co-ed program on Friday mornings


Great Debates in Politics and Policy
  • 8 sessions
  • Explore the best of contemporary writing on burning public policy debates
  • Separate-sex programs on Monday nights (Women) or Saturday nights (Men)