Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply to the Tikvah Institute for High School Students?
The Institute is designed for current juniors and seniors. We welcome applicants from Jewish day schools, private schools, and public schools.
What are the basic financial, room and board, and religious arrangements?
- Tuition is $875, covering books, materials and all food costs. All other on-site program expenses, including boarding, are fully subsidized by the Tikvah Fund. Full and partial, need-based tuition scholarships are available. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from the program.
- 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 where students will participate in daily prayer services.
- The program will be conducted in accord with halakhic standards of behavior.
What kind of programming will be offered on Shabbat?
On Shabbat, students will focus their attention on the meaning of Jewish faith and tradition. This spiritual atmosphere will be cultivated by lively prayer services, Beit Midrash study, shiurim and lectures from faculty and visiting scholars, and plenty of time for social interaction, rest, and relaxation.
What is the Tikvah Fund?
The Tikvah Fund is a private philanthropic foundation based in New York. Its mission is to promote serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people. Tikvah supports many programs, projects, and individuals, including advanced institutes, books and journals, and summer seminars for students. Tikvah’s work is grounded in these fundamental convictions: that the great ideas, texts, and traditions of Judaism are a special inheritance, with much to teach everyone in search of wisdom about the human condition; and that the fate of the Jewish people greatly depends on the education of intellectual, religious, and political leaders, both within and outside Israel.