Curriculum

Application: The Tikvah Overseas Student Institute offers gap-year students supplementary programming focused on Western philosophy, Jewish history, Zionism, and more. 

The timeline to apply for the Tikvah Overseas program is as follows:

October 7th (midnight): Application closes

October 9th-October 26th: 15 minute interviews with Tikvah staff

October 27th: Students will be informed if they have been accepted to the cohort. 

Please read through the application carefully and answer each part required. This is a selective program with a limited number of spots. We will take the time to review each and every application carefully. 

Program: Programming for TOS 5783 will begin with an in-person event at our office on November 4th. 

TOS is a hybrid program of online and in-person programming.

Seminars: Every student accepted into the TOS 5783 cohort will choose a seminar track (held over zoom and in person). Each track will meet nine times over the course of the year, three times in person and six times over zoom. The zoom seminars will take place during your lunch break (exact time TBD), and the in-person seminars will be on Friday morning at our Jerusalem office. Seminars meet for 75 minutes. 

The tracks are as follows:

  1. Philosophy (with Rabbi Mitch Rocklin)
  2. Israeli History (with Dr. Daniel Polisar)
  3. Halacha & Public Policy (with Rabbi Shlomo Brody)

Descriptions of each track and the faculty teaching these seminars can be found on the ‘Seminars’ and ‘Faculty’ pages. 

In-Person Events: In addition to our zoom seminars, TOS hosts in-person events primarily at our Jerusalem office (though we will have some trips as well!), featuring lectures and debates with leading Israel public figures about critical issues facing Israeli society and the world. A delicious meal will be served at every in-person event.

Dates for each in-person event can be found on the ‘Events’ page. 

After Pesach (April 23rd until the end of May), we will turn our focus, both for in-person and online programming, to topics students will face on college campus. Those seminars and events will be for the entire cohort together. 

Shabbatonim: There will be two shabbatonim during the year. The first will be November 18th-19th. The second will be March 10th-11th. More details TBD. 

Students must commit to regular attendance for both in-person events and online seminars. Additionally, participants will be expected to carefully prepare the assigned readings for their classes. This is a selective program with a limited number of spots. As such, we expect enrolled students to meet these requirements. Students who are unable may be asked to leave the program. 

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